As the presidential campaign starts to take flight, President Obama is calling for much needed immigration reform. With no clear Republican candidates who have officially thrown their hat in the ring, President Obama has a clear head start on his re-election bid.
After a very successful week in the wake of the killing of Bin Laden and Donald Trumps poll numbers imploding, President Obama’s re-election prospects look very good indeed. Obama has a decidedly strong advantage over the Republican field on this hot-button topic. He is perceived as a “friendly” and not a hostile combatant as the Republicans are.
Immigration Reform – The Time is Now!
There are certain aspects of immigration reform that Republicans flat out will not compromise on. The Dream Act is one such provision. The Republicans are perceived as hyper-hostile on the topic of immigration. This authors prediction is, they [GOP] will pay dearly for this at the polls in 2012.
Now that President Obama has provided his long form birth certificate and proved that he is in the county [and in office] legally, he can get on with the business of running the country and preparing for his re-election bid. The Republicans are disingenuous at best and hypocrites and worst on the issue of immigration. Many of them will be exposed for having undocumented nannies, gardeners, maids etc. Bottom line, our country does depend on them for a myriad of jobs they do, that Americans won’t do! Yes, Americans won’t do!
As the numbers of Latinos swell in the electorate, many of them are legally eligible to vote and they will vote for the person they perceive who has their best interest at heart; As most us do. This author knows of several undocumented Latino immigrants who are fighting in Afghanistan as we speak. They are willing to risk dying to prove their love and loyalty to the United States. There have been countless undocumented Latino immigrants who have been awarded American citizenship posthumously after giving the ultimate sacrifice for the country they love.
If that type of sacrifice isn’t worthy of our support, then I don’t know what is. The immigrant community is a microcosm of society at large, just like any other group. There is good and bad, just like in other groups. Opponents of immigration reform always cite crime as a problem or reason they [Republicans] don’t support immigration reform. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for deporting dangerous criminals. Most immigrants are hard working, law abiding citizens who want what we want; a better life for their family.
The harsh and hostile rhetoric demonizing immigrants [lets face it, Republicans are talking about Latinos] will come back to haunt those on the right come election time. It will be tough for the Republicans to pander their way out of this one. Working with Latinos from all over Latin America, the consensus is, “Obama si se puede!” Yes we can! The Latino community is painfully aware that the Republicans are not their friends.
If the Republicans tried to fence-mend with Latinos, it would be too little, too late. They have burned that bridge and the damage from initial assessments seems to be irreparable. Obama on the other hand, has had his plate full with the birther movement, Bin Laden, the economy, oil prices and unemployment; not to mention the silly Donald Trump sideshow. Latinos will hold him [Obama] accountable for not acting sooner in keeping his campaign promise for immigration reform.
As the Latino vote continues to be the deciding factor in our elections, 2012 will be no different. In fact, the Latino vote has the potential to be a game changer this go around. If Obama is re-elected, and I believe he will be; Latinos will hold him [Obama] to his promise of immigration reform.