November 17th, 2010
Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com
Just because Barack Obama opposes the will of the American people expressed on November 2 does not mean he has not learned a lesson from the midterm elections. This week, he announced his support to pass an amnesty act benefiting the fastest-growing segment of the Democratic Party’s coalition, which provided the critical margin to liberals in several closely contested races.
On Tuesday, Obama met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to support passing the DREAM Act during the lame duck session. That measure would provide U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants who could “prove” they have been in this country at least five years and who completed two years of college or served in the military. Obama and his fellow Democrats understand the urgency of acting while Democrats still control both houses of Congress. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL, announced in a public statement, “I told the president we need him now and that we cannot waste another day and must push for a DREAM Act vote in the House and Senate during the lame-duck.” Gutierrez added, “By passing the DREAM Act, we have an opportunity during this lame-duck session to make a down payment on the immigration reform voters want” – his euphemism for mass amnesty.
Obama reportedly told Gutierrez he is “all-in” for rounding up the repudiated members of the 111th Congress to pass the DREAM Act before the 112th can object.
Why would he object? Hispanics are quickly becoming an electoral firewall for unpopular left-wingers facing re-election, and Obama hopes he will be but one of their future beneficiaries.
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Just how wedded are Hispanics to the Democratic Party? The Pew Research Center found that in the 2010 election, the vast majority of Hispanics voted for non-Hispanic Democrats over Hispanic Republicans.