President Obama has been working the Spanish-language media circuit lately, promising that he would pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first year….of his SECOND term.
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term. I want to try this year,” Obama promised on Univision’s Al punto. “The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple. I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it.”
Wait a minute. That sounds a LOT like 2008, when Obama famously promised immigration reform would be a “top priority” in his first year in office.
Apparently, that was soooooo my-first-first-year-in-office ago.
In Latino political circles that promise is known as “la promesa de Obama.” And it remains a broken one.
So while Obama is crushing Mitt Romney among Latino voters – in polls – he needs them to come out and actually vote for him in numbers that they did in 2008. Will they? Comprehensive immigration reform is a TOP issue with Latino voters, recent surveys have found.
After draining all of his political capital on passing a new health care law and other initiatives, Obama had precious little left to push for immigration reform. And then the GOP took over the House and he was done. Remember his “big policy speech” last May in Texas on immigration reform? It included no new proposals, didn’t say legislation was coming and didn’t explain how he would win over a skeptical GOP-led House.