Cartagena, Colombia – President Obama reached out to Hispanics in a way he hasn’t done since the first campaign. He has told American Hispanics that if they help reelect him he will tackle immigration reform in the first year of his second term.
The President told Univision,
“This is something I care deeply about. It’s personal to me.”
Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was quick to point out that during his first campaign, Candidate Obama said he was going to tackle immigration reform the first year he was in office also.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told reporters,
“President Obama only talks about immigration reform when he’s seeking votes. Then-candidate Obama promised to tackle immigration reform in his first year. More than three years into his term, America is still waiting for his immigration plan.”
Obama also told Univision that he would need to get any of his plans past a Republican Congress which was openly hostile to immigration reform. He also went specifically after Romney saying that Romney supports policies that could require Hispanics to carry citizenship papers with them at all time to prove they are not illegals.
Obama said of the Republican Congress,
“So what we need is a change either of Congress or we need Republicans to change their mind, and I think this has to be an important debate during – throughout the country,”
Hispanics are growing in both size and importance in American politics. President Obama won a large majority of the Hispanic vote in the 2008 election and his campaign needs Hispanics to turn out in big numbers again for the President to win reelection.