Friday, September 21, 2012
In September 2007, ImmigrationProf conducted an exclusive on-line interview with then-Senator Barack Obama on immigration. (Check it out and be the judge of how successful the President has been in keeping his promises). Immigration was an issue in the 2008 Presidential campaign and likely will be again in 2012.
Yesterday, President Obama fielded questions in a forum broadcast live online by the Spanish-language Univision network. In explaining the failure to get immigration reform through Congress, the President explained that the first year of his term was consumed by efforts to help the economy and stop the country from going into another Great Depression. Republicans, he said, kept many significant immigration measures from getting off the ground. "I am happy to take responsibility for the fact that we didn't get it done," Obama said. "But I did not make a promise that I would get everything done 100% when I was elected as president. What I promised was that I would work every single day as hard as I can to make sure that everybody in this country regardless of who they are, what they look like, where they come from, that they would have a fair shot at the American dream. And that promise I've kept."