Obama says comprehensive immigration reform more likely because of latino turnout

November 14, 2012 · Print This Article

Marcus Atkinson

HispanicOhio.com editor

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Despite not coming through on his 2008 campaign promise of comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama received 71 percent of the Latino vote which ended up being a key electorate in swing states such as Colorado and Pennsylvania on his way to re-election, and today during a press conference about the fiscal cliff he said he will address comprehensive immigration reform “very soon” after his inauguration which will take place January 20.

Obama said any legislation presented to Congress will resemble that of the past such as a “continuation of strong border security . . . serious penalties for companies that are purposely hiring undocumented workers and taking advantage of them”, as wee as “a pathway to legal status for those who are in the country and not engaged in illegal activity.”

The president also said the law would have them learn English and have a clear way for them to resolve a legal issue they may have.  In addition, Obama mentioned those now classified as “DREAMers.”

“Young people who were brought here through no fault of their own, gone to school, gone to the military . . . should not be under the cloud of darkness.”

In June the Obama administration created a deferred action program for qualifying undocumented immigrants that would postpone any deportation process for two years.  Amongst those who qualify are those under the age of 30 and with no felonies.

Obama said the elections opened the eyes of many politicians and the huge Latino turnout was “powerful and good for the country.”

“What was incredible and encouraging was to see the significant increase in the Latino turnout,” the president said when asked what he thought about the Latino voter turnout.  “That is why I think we can get immigration reform done”

The GOP’s seemingly eight year disconnect with the Latino electorate combined with the promise of the Democratic party to pass comprehensive immigration reform has presented the best chance in recent history for both parties to agree on immigration legislation

“I didn’t get re-elected to bask in re-election”, said Obama.




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