LAS VEGAS, NV – Back in 2011, President Obama went to El Paso to explain the phrase ‘e pluribus unum.’
“Out of many, one,’ he said. ‘We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants.”
Despite the President’s broken promise to do big things for immigration reform, Latinos overwhelmingly voted to give him another four years.
And that’s why he went to a heavily Latino area to unveil his plan for reform.
In an appearance that had all the trappings of a campaign rally, the President gave ‘props’ to the plan announced yesterday by a bi-partisan group of senators, saying he welcomed the effort to jump-start a stalled issue.
The President may have hopped a flight to Vegas to put some distance between him and the senators, because his plan is pretty much like theirs.
Both plans call for a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, a chance to learn English, and to pass background checks. The President also wants an employment verification system, more border security, and more visas to keep top college graduates in the country.
“So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like – smarter enforcement, a pathway to earned citizenship, improvements in the legal immigration system so that we continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest all around the world. Pretty straightforward. The question now is simple – do we have the resolve as a people, as a country, as a government to finally put this issue behind us? I believe that we do.”
Some critics think the President could have chosen a better place to launch his immigration reform agenda, because everyone knows what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.