2/23/2012 | Fox Nation.com
President Obama appeared on the Los Angeles-based “Piolin Por La Mañana” Show on Univision Radio hosted by Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo Wednesday and made a bold prediction about his re-election, vowing that his presidency was not over and if fact he had ‘another five years coming up’
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PIOLIN: Thank you Mr. President for receiving my phone call.
OBAMA: Piolin, it’s good to talk to you my friend.
PIOLIN: We’re going to start right away because this is what our community wants to know. During your presidency, you have not delivered the immigration reform that we were hoping for. Thousands of families have been separated by deportation, leaving their children behind, alone in this country. Do you think that you still have the support of the Latino community?
OBAMA: Well, first of all Piolin, my presidency is not over, I’ve got another five years coming up. We’re going to get this done. And — and absolutely we have strong support in the Latino community because they have seen something we are working on. First of all, strengthening the economy, we were able to get the payroll tax done that provides 25 million Latinos with an extra 40 dollars in every paycheck and is going to strengthen the economy. We made sure unemployment insurance got extended because the Latino community has been so hard hit. A million Latinos are going to be benefiting from that. The housing settlement that we just passed, which will help Latino families all across the country who were taken advantage of by subprime lenders to be able to stay in their homes. The work we have done on education, to make sure millions of students — many Latino students are still getting Pell Grants and other scholarships and financial aid so that they can go to college. So, there are a lot of issues that we have worked on that have directly benefited millions of Latino families.
You’re right though, immigration reform is something we still have to get done and as I’ve told you since before I was elected president, the only way we are going to get this done fully is by getting Congress to do its job.
What we’ve been able to do is, administratively, we’ve said, let’s reemphasize our focus when it comes to enforcement on criminals and at the borders and let’s not be focusing our attention on hard-working families who are just trying to make ends meet. We’ve administratively proposed to reform the “three and 10” program so that families aren’t separated when they’re applying to stay here in this country.
So we are trying to do a lot to soften the effects of immigration, but ultimately, the only way we are going to do this is to get something passed through Congress, and that’s why we have to keep the pressure up.
Unfortunately, the Republican side, which used to at least give lip service to immigration reform, now they’ve gone completely to a different place and have shown themselves unwilling to talk at all about any sensible solutions to this issue and we are just going to have to keep up the pressure until they act.
Obama: I didn’t break my promise on immigration reform
By JORDAN FABIAN, Univision
Thursday, February 23, 2012
President Obama fought back against the growing belief among Latinos that he broke his campaign promise on immigration reform during an interview with Univision Radio that aired Wednesday.
The president, looking to renew enthusiasm for his campaign among Latino voters, appeared on the Los Angeles-based “Piolin Por La Mañana” Show on Univision Radio hosted by Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, arguably the most influential Spanish-language radio personality in the country.
He reassured Latinos that he is committed to passing a comprehensive immigration reform plan, blaming the lack of progress on what he describes as an intransigent Congress and a Republican Party that has adopted extreme views on the issue.
LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW
Obama: “I’m not the king. I’m the president.”
Piolin: There is a perception out there that you broke your promise to achieve immigration reform; do you think you broke your promise?
Obama: Piolin, I would only have broken my promise if I hadn’t tried. But ultimately, I’m one man. You know, we live in a democracy. We don’t live in a monarchy. I’m not the king. I’m the president. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress.
And the truth of the matter is that perceptions in the Latino community are going to be shaped by community leaders like you. And you and I have talked about this extensively, you know the fact that I’m fully committed to this issue. I speak about it in the State of the Union address; I speak about it every opportunity I get. And so, the question is, when am I going to get some help from Republicans to actually get it done?
And that’s going to depend on the community making sure that it is focused on those who are preventing comprehensive immigration reform from occurring. And since I am 100 percent behind comprehensive immigration reform. Obviously I am not the roadblock to making this happen.