Barack Obama gave a speech before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at Disney World, in Florida, on Friday and addressed the issue of immigration. His appeal to them comes just a day after Mitt Romney spoke to the group speaking of the importance of the growing Hispanic vote and how it would have a tremendous impact on this year's election.
Obama touted his stance last Friday as "another step" towards renewed immigration policy. In regards to the "young" immigrants he referred to, Obama said, "These are all our kids."
"When I meet these young people, all throughout communities, I see myself. Who knows what they might achieve? I see my daughters, and my nieces, and my nephews."
"That's the promise that draws so many talented, driven people to these shores. That's the promise that drew my own father here," said Obama.
The Washington Examiner reports,
Obama's address also illustrated his own challenge in meeting an earlier campaign pledge.
Four years ago, before the same Latino leaders group, Obama vowed to make changing the nation's immigration system and taking steps to legalize millions of illegal immigrants a priority he would "pursue from my very first day."
Though hardly single-minded in their approach to politics, most Hispanics have been voting Democratic in recent elections. Obama has risked losing some support in part because Hispanics have been hard hit by the weak economy. What's more, Latino leaders have also grown frustrated with Obama because he failed to deliver on his 2008 pledge and because his administration was deporting illegal immigrants in record numbers.
He tried to appeal to emotion as he blamed the Republican Congress for not passing the DREAM Act.
"In the face of a Congress that refuses to do anything on immigration, I've said that I'll take action wherever I can," Obama said. I'll just point out that means ignoring established laws pertaining to illegal immigrants. "My administration has been doing what we can without the help in Congress for more than the last three years now. Last week we took another step. On Friday we announced that we are lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who are brought to this country as children," Obama declared as the crowd erupted in thunderous applause.
"We should have passed the DREAM Act a long time ago. It was written by members of both parties. When it came up for a vote a year and a half ago, Republicans in Congress blocked it. The bill hadn't changed. The need hadn't changed. The only thing that had changed was politics."
While the crowd continued to cheer throughout this stump Obama got on, overall Hispanics are pretty frustrated with him. His administration has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants and this they have seen as a failure to deliver on his 2008 promises. He is just now getting around to bringing immigration to the forefront. The Hispanic population mostly votes Democrat in recent elections.
He attacked Mitt Romney over the DREAM Act saying, "he has promised to veto the DREAM Act and we should take him at his word. "It falls short of where we need to be, a path to citizenship," he said. "It's not a permanent fix. It's a temporary measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while offering some justice to these young people."
What Barack Obama failed to remind people of is that a version of the bill was passed by members of the House on December 8, 2010 by a vote of 216-198 and that the Democrat controlled Senate failed to pass the their own version of the bill, S.2205, losing in a vote of 52-44 in 2007.
Furthermore for the previous two years before Republicans took the House, it was in the control of Democrats. That was how we got Obama's precious health care law and exactly why Republicans took control in 2010.
Immigration does need to be reformed. Both sides agree on that. However, ignoring the law as president of the United States and blaming everyone else around you instead of accepting responsibility for your own failure is not only unbecoming, but demonstrates that the man is not fit to lead his own home, let alone this country.
The problem is in how the issue of immigration is being dealt with. Blanket amnesty and not enforcing laws on the books is a slap in the face to every immigrant who went through the legal process to become a citizen and it's a slap in the face to every natural born American as well.