Obama: I’ve Got ‘Five Years’ Left to Solve Immigration

Byron Tau, Politico, February 23, 2012

In an interview with Univision Radio, President Barack Obama said that he has “five years” left in his presidency to figure out issues like comprehensive immigration reform. Striking a confident note about his reelection prospects, Obama assured a largely Hispanic audience that he has not given up on getting an immigration bill done—one that would provide a pathway to citizenship.

“My presidency is not over,” Obama told Univision’s Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo. “I’ve got another five years coming up. We’re going to get this done.”

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“So far, . . . we haven’t seen any of the Republican candidates even support immigration reform. In fact, their leading candidate said he would veto even the DREAM Act, much less comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama said, in an apparent reference to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. {snip}

Obama also defended his administration’s approach to immigration, which has been characterized by a high level of deportations, saying that the law needed to be changed and Congress needs to act.

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