President Lucy Obama Tees Up the Football Again for Hispanic Activists

by Mark Krikorian

In the Des Moines Register interview Katrina referred to below the president says that in his second term, he’ll definitely get amnesty “comprehensive immigration reform” passed in 2013 if he’s reelected:

The second thing I’m confident we’ll get done next year is immigration reform. And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.

Of course, he said four years ago that he’d move on amnesty in his first year, and didn’t even try. I’m glad, of course, that Obama has no passion for the immigration issue, viewing it entirely through the lens of political opportunism. But if there actually are any Mexican-American voters in Colorado or Nevada who base their vote on the president’s immigration promises, they’re going to be disappointed — again. If the president does squeak out a victory, do you really think that an embittered House Republican majority is going to want to play ball on this, or that their constituents would let them? A successful immigration package is more likely in the wake of a Romney victory, though it wouldn’t be the kind of huge doorstop “comprehensive” bill that seems irresistible to the Solons who govern us. Rather, something more modest is more likely, along the lines I briefly sketched here.