Rep. Luis Gutierrez: No Promises from Obama to Move Quickly on Immigration Reform if Reelected in NovemberPublished: Sep 24, 2012 1:30 pm By: Matthew L. Kolken
The Hill reports that the esteemed Congressman from Illinois, Luis Gutierrez (D), has indicated that he has received no assurances from the White House that if President Obama is reelected that he will "move quickly" to address comprehensive immigration reform.
So what? The President isn't willing to fall into the same trap that he did last time he was campaigning by making MORE promises that he can't keep. He is learning from his mistakes. I call that "Change."
No quick movement from the White House on immigration reform. Got it.
But the President must AT LEAST have a vision for what immigration reform will EVENTUALLY look like in his last four years? He's got a plan waiting in the wings, RIGHT?
The Hill reports an "emphatic" "NO" from Congressman Gutierrez.
No immigration reform strategy has been communicated to the leading pro-immigration reform voice in the Congress by the White House, and we are less than two months away from the Presidential election.
Ok, for those keeping score, let's get this straight: (1) no promises to work quickly on immigration reform, and (2) no strategy in the works.
This latest disappointment comes on the heels of the President (pandering) on Univision where he stated that immigration reform was his biggest failure.
So Mr. President, let me ask you this: if immigration reform is in fact your "biggest failure" why isn't it even listed as an important issue on your campaign website?
Ohhh right... your website is in English.
The immigration reform message is only meant for Spanish speaking voters.
Regardless, Congressman Gutierrez is "positive" that we will see immigration reform in term two, but astoundingly, it is because THE REPUBLICANS are going to lead on the issue.
Yup, you heard it right. The Republicans are going to lead on the issue. Not President Obama. The Republicans.
Gutierrez points to Republicans like Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio who will take the lead on immigration reform, and will introduce their own reform legislation: “because the Republicans are going to take such a beating in this election that they’re going to propose [their own plan].”
So it appears that Obama's immigration reform strategy is to win soundly in November, garnering the Hispanic vote in the process, but once in office provide no leadership by doing nothing, and solve the problem by allowing THE REPUBLICANS to take the lead through the introduction of their own immigration reform legislation.
I guess I just don't know what to say to that.
Well, what about Mitt Romney? Did he also talk immigration on Univision?
Just like the President, Romney didn't offer any solutions, but appears to have reversed his tone on his previous "self-deportation" plan stating that if elected: “We’re not going to round up people around the country and deport them.”
Well, at this point, I guess we just need to take what we can get.
Vote Gary Johnson for President in 2012.