Vice President Joe Biden says he and Obama are breaking their necks for immigration reform.
“[We are] making sure that ‘Dreamers’ don’t have to go back, in many cases, to countries they’ve never been.” he said.
In a radio interview yesterday, Biden said those looking for a change in immigration, Latinos in particular, should vote Obama/Biden in order to send this message to the Republicans: Americans do want immigration reform.
“If the Latino vote comes out, the Hispanic vote comes out and changes the election, all of a sudden those guys who paid no attention to you, no attention to the Hispanic community, no attention to the Latino community. All of a sudden they’re going to say, ‘Oh my Lord, I guess we better get in line with the president. I guess we better start moving in the direction of paying attention to this incredible, this incredible pool of talent we have out there.’ So this is a chance to gain influence that’s almost disproportionate to the impact that you may have directly in the election.”
Last week, Obama said he was confident that he could get immigration reform in his second term. He was wise not to promise it this time around. In September, he said his biggest failure as president was his inability to keep his promise of immigration reform in his first year as president. A month before he made this statement, his Deferred Action program, which grants young undocumented immigrants a two-year reprieve from deportation, went into effect.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, as of July 2012, the Obama administration has deported 1.4 million of undocumented immigrations — 1.5 times more immigrants per month than Bush. These deportations are said to focus on the removal of dangerous, criminal undocumented immigrants.
Read Obama’s Immigration Stance throughout his first term in office.