In a meeting with prominent Latinos at the White House on Thursday, the President pledged to make another run at immigration reform.
According to a White House press release, the President said ""more voices are needed to elevate the immigration debate beyond the politics, false debates, and rhetoric that have dominated the issue."
I was very disappointed when the DREAM Act died in Congress last month; millions of undocumented people already living in this country deserve a path to citizenship. Most of them already pay taxes and contribute to our economy -- it makes no sense to lock them out of full participation in our economic and political system.
Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in this country, and our political influence is growing. My plea to the President is to make immigration reform one of your policy proposals for re-election -- many Latinos who vote will be grateful and reward you for it with their political support.