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Obama to Make Dream Act a Wedge Issue

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Three years ago, President Obama took advantage of John McCain's shift to the right on immigration issues (a response to the growing voice of the right flank of the Republican Party). Obama appealed to Latino voters with his embrace of immigration reform proposals and a promise to deal with immigration reform in his first year in office.

I don't need to rehash what happened, but, of course, we did not see the promised immigration reform push and only more recently have seen the White House engage on immigration issues. Plus, we've seen tougher immigration enforcement from this President than any of his recent predecessors.

Now the President is coming back with the same strategy. Many would argue that given what has happened, the President's strategy should not work. After all, after three years, virtually no progress has been made. But the GOP field of candidates is doing everything it can to deliver pro-immigration voters on a silver platter to the President. Right now, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman are the only two relatively moderate candidates on immigration and both have been trying to backtrack on long-stated positions. So while the President can in no way campaign on having made progress on the immigration issue, he's going to try and make it a choice between the lesser of two evils.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar

    Despite all the mess that economies with declining population are in, such as Belarus and Ukraine, look at all the clowns arguing for declining population (like Jack does) and saying that GDP should not matter...I suggest saying that to folks who are without jobs at present!
  2. SG's Avatar
    This is the ideal definition of "Politics"!!! Keep it going and get ready for another recession starting 2012!!! You think I am kidding, just wait for a few months and you get the answer.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    We are already in a recession based on NBER definition. You dont have to wait till 2012 for it to start!
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    This is a dumb strategy the Latino vote knows where the republicans stand on DREAM and Immigration as a whole. They also know that he has done nothing but talk and play political football with the issue. I think this strategy will just reinforce to Latinos that this is more of the same from this president and that there is really no reason to go out and vote for him worst off than with him is a hard thing to picture.... he says that no immigration because he does not have a dance partner, what makes him think that he is going to get one this time around if he is even re-elected, which means to Latinos from his own mouth things will stay the same with him or someone else!!! More and more I am convinced that Latinos will stay home this coming election cycle which will only hurt Obama the Repuks were not counting on the votes even if the put Rubio on the ticket.
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    I think someone is afraid to answer immigration related questions....... best to adopt the ostrich strategy!!!

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  6. SG's Avatar
    It is a simple cost benefit analysis. Zero effort on immigration translates to zero cost. Benefit is that he knows he will be re- elected because of the GOP's anti- immigration stance. As simple as it gets.
  7. Another Voice's Avatar
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  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    This guy is mutating into Romney he was for it before he was against it, just depends where the winds blow!!!! I guess he is starting to realize that Latino voting power is growing and more so by the time he runs for president and with out it he would not win. He knows that he is not popular in the Latino community and just the Cuban vote alone is not enough to win.

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  9. Another Voice's Avatar
    Obama's confused policy on deportations

    Write this down: The Morton memo isn't worth the paper it's written on. Latinos shouldn't be fooled into thinking otherwise, and neither should anyone else.
  10. SaimaBaig's Avatar
    How we can start it? We are already in a recession according to NBER def. thanks

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