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Monday, December 3, 2012

Mexico's Peña Nieto Supports President Obama's Supposed Immigration Plan

By Silvio Canto Jr.

Dear President 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 North America.

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 for reform.

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 (

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