At a Univision-sponsored event at the University of Miami, President Barack Obama spoke directly to Latino voters on why they should vote him into a second term of office. President Obama said that the biggest failure during his first term was not reaching comprehensive immigration reform, blaming his un-kept promise on the Republicans.
Republican lawmakers did not support the president’s immigration bill and instead resisted measures toward reform. The comprehensive DREAM Act was not widely supported, and although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is well underway, its future is in question should President Obama not get re-elected.
“My biggest failure is that we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done… but it’s not for lack of trying or desire,” President Obama told Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas. “I haven’t gotten everything done that I want to get done. That’s why I’m running for a second term.”
In the interview, the president contrasted his immigration policy with that of his opponent, Mitt Romney. While President Obama supports creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Romney has not yet verbalized a clear plan other than encouraging undocumented immigrants to “self-deport,” Jordan Fabian reported in an article for ABC News.
While President Obama is receiving criticism after his remarks about failure, voter polls show that his administration’s immigration initiatives are widely supported.
Sixty-six percent of Independents and 64 percent of likely Democratic voters agree with the deferred action program, according to a Bloomberg poll taken in June.
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