In El Paso, Texas President Obama gave a speech last Tuesday to reinstate that he is committed to immigration reform. He stated that he cannot get an immigration reform approve on his own, that he needs the help of the Latino community and Republicans. He strongly blames the Republicans for not coming to an agreement on an immigration reform. Republicans had agreed to support an immigration reform as long as the United States-Mexican border got more “secure and safer from Mexican drug cartels.”
Obama made it clear that his goal is for a path to citizenship for immigrants, which would require immigrants to pay taxes, penalties and learn English. The path to citizenship would not required undocumented immigrants to return to their native country and apply for legal status.
The question is how will he get an immigration reform to be approve when previous immigration reforms such as the Dream Act was rejected because of a few votes they needed from Democrats. Now that we have more Republicans in Congress power, it will be more difficult to pass any comprehensive immigration reform. Does he realize that an immigration reform is a big deal and a big promise he is making, that it is not being accomplished? With the 2012 election campaign coming, it only makes people wonder: is it all for the Latino vote or is he really caring about the country’s issue? Like Lillian Rodríguez-López, a chairwoman of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda said on a New York Times article, “For the president’s message to take hold, he must show that this is not a Hispanic issue, this is an American issue,”
In Border City Talk, Obama Urges G.O.P. to Help Overhaul Immigration Law. By: Jackie Calmes Published: May 10, 2011