1. News & Issues
Dan Moffett

Obama Tells Hispanics He Wants DREAM Act and Reform Laws

By May 7, 2012

Follow me on:

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."


May 8, 2012 at 11:27 am
(1) Simon says:

Hablar es Facil
Here are four reasons Hispanics should not vote for Obama:
Deportations. President Obama’s administration has deported more than 1,000,000 people in three years. The most ever by far.
Second Class Citizens. The administration’s S-Comm program has turned local police into an instrument of terror against brown people.
Job Losses. The Obama administration’s employer audits (workplace raids renamed) are costing more than ten thousand hard working Latino workers their jobs every month.
Broken Promises. Candidate Obama said: In my first one hundred days as President I will introduce CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform)

May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(2) Nina Mold says:

No one seems to realize that the DREAM Act is specifically for children of illegal aliens. I brought my children here legally when I bought a small business on an E2 visa 8 years ago. I employ 12 American citizens, yet I have no path to permanent residence and my children must leave when they reach 21. The word UNDOCUMENTED should be removed from the Act so that it pertains to ALL children brought to the U.S., not just the illegal ones.

May 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm
(3) Guillermo says:

Nina mold,

It is hard to believe your statement, amd It will be very difficult to believe for those who think that everything is on roses just by being a legal immigrant.

However, I do believe you.
I am Ph. D. student having faced and still facing difficulties.
However, I am sill trying to stay here.

Thanks a lot for posting your experience.


June 3, 2012 at 4:23 am
(4) Nhi says:

Put in browser whteohiuse.gov/blog/2010/10/19/adrienne-explains-how-college-students-are-benefiting-affordable-care-act. Lucky Adrienne. She volunteers in her community church because her parents continue to support her after they paid all her college expenses. Poor student paying off students loans (expenses another sham) has to work part-time because full-time work cannot be found in current economy and pays practically entire paycheck on coverage. This plan is a hand out to the rich.

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.