Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

In an off-the-record phone call with the publisher of the Des Moines Register, President Obama said that if he wins re-election, he is confident that he will be able to pass immigration reform next year. After a report was made on his comments, the Obama campaign decided to release a full transcript of the conversation. These were Obama’s exact words:

“…since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

Many immigrants might not believe Obama’s words this time around. When he was campaigning in 2008, he said he would have immigration reform in his first year in office. Last month, he told a Hispanic audience watching his Univision-sponsored forum that the biggest mistake of his first term was his failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Obama’s Deferred Action Program has provided help for some undocumented youth. Almost 5,000 applications have been approved since August.

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