Obama promises immigration reform if reelected
United States, 16th April: US President Barack Obama has pledged to make certain reforms to the US immigration policies in second term.
He said he was too willing to push for a big immigration reform this year but was restrained by intense opposition from the Republicans. So, he will definitely do it in the initial year of this second term, Obama affirmed.
Obama promises comprehensive immigration legislation—Obama vowed to introduce a comprehensive immigration bill to secure US borders and for offering a legal route for US citizenship to a large number of undocumented immigrants already living in the nation.
In a bid to woo US Hispanic voters during a recent television interview, Obama said immigration reform was something that he deeply cares about and its quite personal to him. He was ready to work on immigration reform this year only but was restricted by opposition from Republicans.
Calls Romney extremist--He did not hesitate to call Mitt Romney, a GOP frontrunner, an extremist on immigration policies. Romney is an ardent support of Arizona immigration policy. So, there was an immediate need for either bringing a change of mind of Republicans or change Congress itself.
He found the laws supported by Romney as illogical and wholly irrational. There was no logic in stopping people and asking about their immigration documents simply on the assumptions that they were undocumented immigrants, Obama maintained.
It may be worth mentioned that Hispanics comprise a sizeable proportion of voting community and helped Obama seize a significant majority in the 2008 elections. No wonder, by promising immigration reforms to Hispanics, he is hoping a similar victory this year too.
Meanwhile, Obama’s promises are being called as nothing but clever tactics to get votes from Hispanics. According to an official spokesperson for Romney, Andrea Saul, US President Obama speaks about reforms to US immigration only when elections are round-the-corner.
Saul further maintained that promises by Obama during his 2008 election campaign regarding immigration reforms are yet to be fulfilled even after expiry of three years. Obama, however, said he does have support of almost all Democrats but none of the Republicans are willing to go for it right now. So, he wants to discuss this throughout the nation, he clarified.