Past Features

September 7, 2012

Obama, Democrats are immigration opportunists

"No usted no hizo" - "No you didn't" - as opposed to "Si Se Puedo" - "Yes We Can"
Esther J. Cepeda -- The Washington Post -- September 6, 2014   
    When President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012 --- which allowed young illegal immigrants to obtain temporary legal status, driver's licenses and work permits --- his supporters weren't complaining about it being a political ploy to secure re-election.
    But make no mistake about it: DACA was designed to energize young Hispanics --- both voting-eligible and not --- and shore up Hispanic support in a summer campaign battle during which Obama was struggling to rally his base with more hope.
    At the time, young immigrants were either cautiously optimistic about being granted a reprieve from priority deportation or mistaken in their belief that the DREAM Act was being unilaterally made law by the president. (Recap: the president failed to secure the five Democratic holdout votes that would have passed the full DREAM Act, with its path to citizenship, in 2010.) [...}
    Obama's loyalists may be feeling whiplashed by the uncertainty. But maybe these immigrant advocates should start seeing the president and his party as the immigration issue opportunists they really are.