Washington (CNN) - Several senior Democratic sources tell CNN Thursday that they still see virtually no chance of Congress taking up comprehensive immigration reform before November's midterm elections.
Their comments come as President Barack Obama gives a major address on fixing the nation's immigration system through comprehensive reform.
Though some hold out hope for some potential movement during a lame duck session of Congress after the election, most sources say the more realistic earliest target is next year. But even that, according to one source, may be "happy talk."
Still, these sources say politically it's crucial for the president to give a speech like he is today in order to put pressure on Republicans, and more importantly to reassure angry Latino voters that Democrats haven't forgotten about this issue.
Democrats on the ballot this year are well aware that they are the ones likely to be hurt by anger among Latino voters for not moving on immigration legislation, as Obama promised as a candidate for president in the 2008 campaign.
There is some quiet talk about trying to figure out how to move pieces of immigration reform, like the Dream Act, but there may not even be votes for that. That bill would provide certain illegal alien students who graduate from U.S. high schools the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll conducted in late May indicated that public support for beefing up security along the U.S. border with Mexico had grown significantly. According to the survey, nearly nine out of ten Americans want to beef up U.S. law enforcement along the border with Mexico.
Eight in ten questioned also supported a program that would allow illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to stay here and apply for legal residency if they had a job and paid back taxes. But only 38 percent say that program should be a higher priority than border security and other get-tough proposals. Six in ten said border security was a the higher priority.
-CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report