Monday, December 3, 2012
Mexico's Peña Nieto Supports President Obama's Supposed Immigration Plan
By Silvio Canto Jr.
of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto:
What Obama immigration proposal were
you talking about? The one that President Barack Obama has never put in writing?
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President-elect Peña Nieto met
with President Obama on November 27, and he said publicly that he supports President Obama's immigration proposal:
"We fully support your proposal," said Peña Nieto, in reference to Obama's
immigration plan according to the pool report. "We want to contribute. We want to be part of this."
It would be nice if Mr. Peña Nieto would share that proposal with the rest of us in
Why is that?
The answer is simple: President Obama has never made an immigration proposal public. He has delivered annual
"5 de Mayo" speeches, but never a proposal that Congress could vote on.
Unlike President Bush and Senator McCain, who actually spent their political capital trying to pass an immigration
reform bill, President Obama has never proposed a plan.
We call on President Obama to put an immigration reform plan on the table. Let's debate it. Let's
have a public discussion, as we did back in 2007 when President Bush and Senator McCain had the political courage to fight
My guess is that we will spend the next four years hearing
"5 de Mayo" speeches with lots of "si se puede." However, don't expect President Obama
to lead because he does not have the votes in his own party -- yes his own Democratic Party.
Perhaps another four years of "5 de Mayo" speeches and "si se puede-isms" will finally
convince Hispanics that there is a better way. In other words, blindly giving President Barack Obama 70% of your vote
will just buy you indifference.
Silvio Canto Jr. is the host of "Canto Talk," at BlogTalkRadio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cantotalk)