While campaigning for president in 2008, Obama made a promise about immigration reform to a Spanish-television news anchor. Last night, he was confronted by that same news anchor about his failure to deliver on that promise.
At a candidate forum hosted by Univision at the University of Miami, Obama addressed Latino voters and was asked to discuss and explain policies on a wide range of topics. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed Latino voters at the same forum the night before, but he was not asked the same hard and aggressive questions President Obama was, which is to be expected since Obama is the one who’s up for reelection.
A huge focus of the forum was immigration. Obama was asked to admit that he had not fulfilled his promise of having immigration reform during the first year of his presidency. The moderator, journalist Jorge Ramos, said to Obama: “You promised that [to me], and a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.”
Obama said improving the economy became his primary concern when he first got into office. He took responsibility for not following through, but he encouraged voters to remember that the economy was at stake. He also said that, no matter what, the support from Congress was simply not there.
Later on, when asked what his biggest failure as president was, Obama said: “As you remind me, my biggest failure is that we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done…But it’s not for lack of trying or desire.”
Obama made it clear that Deferred Action will lead the country in the right direction. He said that he supports immigration reform that will give DREAMers a path to citizenship and that he will continue to work on that during his second term.