Obama tells Hispanics he's ready to fix immigration laws

WASHINGTON Thu May 3, 2012 8:01pm EDT

President Barack Obama greets guests at a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

President Barack Obama greets guests at a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 3, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Hispanic voters on Thursday he was ready to sign a broad-based immigration fix, blaming his political rivals in Washington for blocking one of his major unmet campaign promises from 2008.

At a Cinco de Mayo reception he hosted at the White House, Obama he would keep fighting for reforms to grant children of undocumented workers a path to U.S. citizenship and address other problems with the country's complex immigration rules.

"'No' is not an option. I want to sign the DREAM Act into law. I've got the pens all ready," he told the Rose Garden event featuring margaritas and tacos held two days ahead of May 5, marked in the United States to celebrate Mexican culture.

"I'm willing to work with anybody who is serious to get this done and to achieve bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to solve this challenge once and for all," he said.

Latino voters could be pivotal in the race for the White House on November 6, particularly in battleground states like Florida, Arizona, Colorado and Virginia.

Obama, a Democrat, is polling ahead among Hispanics of the likely Republican contender Mitt Romney. But many Latinos are disappointed the president failed to deliver immigration reform so far and are upset about the high deportation numbers on his watch.

Last month, the president said he would tackle immigration reform right away in his second term if re-elected.

(Reporting By Samson Reiny)

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Comments (32)
Montana1 wrote:
“Obama tells Hispanics he’s ready to fix immigration laws”

Oh Good!! NOW he’s ready to fix the problem as opposed to 3 1/2 years ago or any time between now and then. Not that there’s an election or anything that requires the Latino vote to win or anything like that. THAT would be hypocritical- and Obama wouldn’t do THAT, would he????

the Football Spiker in Chief is on his game now!

May 03, 2012 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yummy8755 wrote:
Why doesn’t he just run for president of Mexico?

May 03, 2012 12:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Toroloneeneo wrote:
So where was he, during his first term, on this issue? Did he forget that he was free to lead the country? Was he too busy passing the unwanted/undefined healthcare reform? I suppose ignorant people will believe anything. Sure, he’s gonna fix your car, too… he’ll even get it out of the ditch, right?

May 04, 2012 5:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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