TIME Exclusive: A Nation of Laws and a Nation of Immigrants by Barack Obamaby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 20, 2012, under 2012 Arizona Elections, 2012 Congressional Races, 2012 Presidential elections, Hispanic Latino Vote, Independent voter centrist moderate swing vote, Women Voters
I cannot stress enough to my readers and to my audience that not one single American President over the last 100 years has confronted or taken on immigration-related reform within his first term as President of the United States (aside from Cuban Amnesty via the Cuban Adjustment Act). Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush waited to confront immigration reform related policies until after they were re-elected.
Most pundits believed Obama would wait (like Reagan and Bush) to address the DREAM Act or immigration only after being re-elected. They were wrong, and now this has become historic immigration news, particularly for those of us who are legal immigration reform activists.
The lesson Latinos ought to learn about politics is this: Not one single person can claim to be a ‘political savior’ to anyone at any time. U.S. policies change based on boots on the ground grassroots activities, combined with rocking the Latino vote. Latinos should share part of the blame for not being assertive enough at the polls and voting in pro legal immigrant friendly politicians. We must be aggressive this 2012 election cycle and vote in people who do not demonize us for their own political expediency.
Latinos must continue to vote in pro immigrant politicians at the Congressional level, as well as the Senate level in high Latino populated states where our political leverage can be best utilized.
This is a must read from TIME.
Exclusive: A Nation of Laws and a Nation of Immigrants
The President explains his decision to no longer deport undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as childrenBy Barack Obama