President Obama celebrated Cinco de Mayo early last week when he entertained supporters of the DREAM Act at the White House.
He told them he is committed to passing legislation that will give the children of undocumented immigrants the chance to get on with their lives here. Obama also reiterated that comprehensive immigration reform would be a priority in a second term.
"I want to sign the DREAM Act into law," he said. "I've got the pens all ready, and I'm willing to work with anybody who is serious."
Obama is counting on Hispanic voters. He won about two-thirds of their votes in 2008 and some polls suggest he could do better this time, despite their disappointment over his failure to get reforms through Congress.
"Right now, there are more than 50 million Americans of Latino descent -- one sixth of our population," he said. "You're our neighbors, our coworkers, our family, our friends. You're starting businesses. You're teaching in classrooms. You're defending this country. You're driving America forward.
"And for our part, we know that securing our future depends on making sure that all Americans have the opportunity to reach their potential."
Obama's opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, is counting on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to come up with a watered-down version of the DREAM Act that will be acceptable to their party and perhaps even some Tea Party members. So far, Rubio is meeting resistance across the political spectrum.
Mexican-Americans make up one of the fastest-growing voting blocs, and most of them are registered Democrats.
"America is and always will be a nation of immigrants," Obama said in concluding his Cinco de Mayo remarks. "We are richer because of the men and women and children who have come to our shores and joined our union."