President Obama must believe he can’t close the deal with Latinos, because during his Friday interview on Univision he resorted to lying about Mitt Romney’s stance on racial profiling. Obama implied that Romney’s approval of the Arizona illegal immigrant was an indication that he approved of racial profiling. What a way to deflect attention away from how bad his administration has been for the Hispanic community.
Host Enrique Acevedo asked Obama if he would make immigration reform a priority during the first year of a second term:
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term. I want to try this year. The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple. I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it. It’s worse than that. We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country; and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption.”
“Racial profiling,”asked Acevedo.
“Very troublesome — and this is something that the Republican nominee has said should be a model for the country,” replied Obama.
“What we need is a change either of Congress or we need Republicans to change their mind, and I think this has to be an important debate during — throughout the country. What I’ve said to Latinos across the United States is that my passion for this issue is undiminished; that when it comes to, for example, the Dream Kids who have been raised as Americans and see themselves as Americans and want to serve their country or are willing to work hard in school and start businesses or work in our laboratories and in our businesses, it is shameful that we cannot get that done. And so I’m just going to keep on pushing as hard as I can, and what I’m going to be encouraging is the Latino community continue to ask every member of Congress where they stand on these issues, but the one thing that I think everybody needs to understand is that this is something I care deeply about. It’s personal to me, and I will do everything that I can to try to get it done. But ultimately I’m going to need Congress to help me.”
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“any lawful stop, detention or arrest made where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
In English the law says if you have been stopped or arrested police can ask you for an ID. And how do you belong? With a valid Arizona driver’s license, tribal identification or a form of federal ID such as a resident alien card. Mull that over for a second. You can’t get on an airplane in the US without one of those. Does that mean the TSA racial profiles?
If the liberal Univision host Enrique Acevedo cared about America’s Latinos he would’ve asked why the Latino Community has fared so badly under Obama’s tenure. Why they have been hit by the recession more than other communities.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics results for the month of March was that the unemployment rate for the US population was 8.2%. The jobless rate in the Hispanic community was 26% higher at 10.3%
- According to the Census Department Between 2006 and 2010, the poverty rate among Hispanics increased nearly six percentage points from 20.6% to 26.6%– an increase higher than any other group. To put it in perspective, the same report showed poverty rates among whites increased from 8.2% to 9.9%.
Alarmingly, a majority (51 percent) say it is harder to open a business in America today compared to 4 years ago, and the data also shows that a majority (52 percent) now fear that the next generation will not be able to achieve the American dream. Similarly, a majority of respondents (51 percent) believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Furthermore, a full 85 percent of Hispanics say they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about Washington’s current levels of spending and debt, according to the survey (the poll has accuracy rate of plus or minus 4.5 percent). Despite President Obama’s overtures for increased spending, a 54 percent majority of Hispanics say the higher priority of the federal government right now should be a reduction in spending to shrink the deficit while just 36 percent say more spending is the answer.
Immigration is not their top issue. A recent Pew Research study of American Latinos registered to vote reported their top issues were not vastly different than the general population. The poll defined priority Determined by saying the issue was extremely important their top issues were; Jobs 50%, Education 49%, Healthcare 45%, Taxes 34%, Federal Budget deficit 34%, and Immigration 33%. The Libre Initiative survey had similar results.
The President and the progressive establishment may believe that Latinos are not quite American, that all they care about is allowing illegal immigrants into the country, but that is far from the truth. Just like their compatriots from other ethnic groups, Latinos have been suffering under the the Obama administration. And just like other Americans they want the country they love to once again become the land of opportunity.
Those are real facts, something the President is very reluctant to use.