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Flashback: Obama Promises Immigration Reform in ‘First Year’ of Presidency


In Las Vegas today, the president will pledge to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. It won’t be the first time he has done so. In a May 2008 interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Barack Obama, then still campaigning against Hillary Clinton, promised to tackle the immigration issue during his first year in office. “I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days,” he told Ramos, “But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”

Though the president mentioned the need to reform the country’s immigration system repeatedly throughout 2009 and 2010, legislation never materialized. This, the president told Ramos in a subsequent interview, he considers the biggest failure of his first term in office. 

Today marks the start of his effort to rectify that. 

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