In the height of the upcoming 2012 presidential election, President Obama has encountered a problem. In his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama made a promise to Univisión news anchor Jorge Ramos to bring up an immigration reform bill in his first year in office. Unfortunately, Obama never got around to the bill. The President blames his lack of a reform on both the struggling economy he inherited when he was elected in 2008, and the dominant Republican presence in Washington that thwarted his attempts at creating bills for immigration reform.
Now, four years later, Latino voters are not as enthusiastic to place their vote in favor of Obama, mainly because of his lack of action taken to reform immigration laws in the U.S. Another reason for their lack of faith in Obama is the fact that he has deported over 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in his four years as President, despite his position in favor of the DREAM Act, which assists undocumented immigrants in becoming legal residents.
Obama’s defense is that he is focused on deporting the criminals and detrimental illegal immigrants, while allowing the scholars and hard-working illegal immigrants to stay. The only problem is, where does the line get drawn, and who gets to decide who can stay and who cannot?
Considering the fact that the Latino population is heavily concerned with the immigration policies of the candidates, President Obama made a smart but necessary statement that he will cover these issues in his upcoming term, if he’s elected.
In the end, President Obama is attempting to please the Latino community for the sake of receiving their votes in the election. The question is, if Obama is elected for a second term, will he actually come through with immigration reform this time around, or is he making more false promises to Latinos just to gain their vote?
Asking whether Obama will be able to address immigration reform in a possible second term is a loaded question. In the next four years there will need to be new immigration reform to create a unified policy on immigration. Without a more direct policy, more state driven policies will emerge such as in Arizona and Alabama. I do believe that Obama had a lot to deal with in his first term but, I also believe he should have tried harder to address the topic of immigration from a federal standpoint. If elected I do believe that Obama will focus on a new immigration policy. On the other hand I also believe Mitt Romney would address immigration reform from a different viewpoint. The issue now is what immigration policy I would vote for, and that I am not sure of yet.