During his Friday interview on Univision, President Obama lied about Mitt Romney's stance on racial profiling--a transparent attempt to deflect attention from how bad his administration has been for the Hispanic community.
Host Enrique Acevedo asked, if reelected, whether Obama would make immigration reform a priority.
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term,” Obama affirmed. “I want to try this year. The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple. I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it. It’s worse than that. We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country; and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption.”
“Racial profiling,”asked Acevedo.
“Very troublesome — and this is something that the Republican nominee has said should be a model for the country,” Said Obama.
"What we need is a change either of Congress or we need Republicans to change their mind, and I think this has to be an important debate during — throughout the country. What I’ve said to Latinos across the United States is that my passion for this issue is undiminished; that when it comes to, for example, the Dream Kids who have been raised as Americans and see themselves as Americans and want to serve their country or are willing to work hard in school and start businesses or work in our laboratories and in our businesses, it is shameful that we cannot get that done. And so I’m just going to keep on pushing as hard as I can, and what I’m going to be encouraging is the Latino community continue to ask every member of Congress where they stand on these issues, but the one thing that I think everybody needs to understand is that this is something I care deeply about. It’s personal to me, and I will do everything that I can to try to get it done. But ultimately I’m going to need Congress to help me.”
Obama was not being truthful. If immigration reform was such a big personal issue to Obama, he would have tried to push it through during the first two years of his administration when his party dominated both houses of Congress.
Obama has made no attempt to control the borders. Republicans have always contended they will work on immigration reform once the President seals our borders. To date, there has been no action by Obama or his fellow Democrats to gaining control of our northern and southern borders.
The part of the Arizona law liberals point to as "profiling” says that immigration status can be checked at “any lawful stop, detention or arrest made” by Arizona law enforcement, “where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person.”
The law says a person is presumed to be in this country legally if he presents a valid Arizona driver’s license, tribal identification, or a form of federal ID such as a resident alien card.
In English, if you have been stopped or arrested, police can ask you for an ID. And how do you show you're legal? With a valid Arizona driver’s license, tribal identification, or a form of federal ID such as a resident alien card. You can't get on an airplane in the US without one of those. Does that mean the TSA racially profiles?
If Obama were being honest, he would concede that the police couldn’t stop some innocent person on the street and ask her/him for papers; he or she would first have to be arrested or accused of some crime. He would also concede that Mitt Romney has never said he supports racial profiling. Obama's contention that Romney is a supporter is not founded on any factual evidence.
If Univision host Enrique Acevedo cared about America's Latinos, he would have asked why the Obama Administration has been so awful for their community. Here are some facts Mr. Acevedo should have asked about:
· For March the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for the US population was 8.2%. The jobless rate in the Hispanic community was 26% higher at 10.3%
· According to the Census Department, between 2006 and 2010, the poverty rate among Hispanics increased nearly six percentage points from 20.6% to 26.6%-- an increase higher than any other group. To put it in perspective, the same report showed poverty rates among whites increased from 8.2% to 9.9%.
· 2005 to 2009, median household wealth among Hispanics fell by 66%, compared with a drop of 53% among blacks and 16% among non-Hispanic whites.
A poll released earlier this month by The Libre Initiative of U.S. Hispanics and Latinos reveals that many Hispanics are not buying Obama’s spin.
Alarmingly, a majority (51 percent) say it is harder to open a business in America today compared to 4 years ago, and the data also shows that a majority (52 percent) now fear that the next generation will not be able to achieve the American dream. Similarly, a majority of respondents (51 percent) believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Furthermore, a full 85 percent of Hispanics say they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about Washington’s current levels of spending and debt, according to the survey (the poll has accuracy rate of plus or minus 4.5 percent). Despite President Obama’s overtures for increased spending, a 54 percent majority of Hispanics say the higher priority of the federal government right now should be a reduction in spending to shrink the deficit while just 36 percent say more spending is the answer.
President Obama’s emphasis on immigration, supported by the liberal media, gives the impression that Latinos are somehow less American, that they only care about and vote on one issue. That in itself is racist; it reflects the progressive desire to categorize people and lump them all together by stereotype.
Truth be told, a recent Pew Research study of American Latinos registered to vote, reported their top issues were not vastly different than the general population. Determined by saying the issue was extremely important, their top issues were: Jobs (50%), Education (49%), Healthcare (45%), Taxes (34%), Federal Budget Deficit (34%), and Immigration (33%). The Libre Initiative survey had similar results.
Just as he did with "the war against women," and "fair share" class warfare, Barack Obama is resorting to lies to deflect from the fact that his administration has been awful for the Latino community. They know it, and he does too.
The President and the progressive establishment may believe that Latinos are not quite American--that all they care about is allowing illegal immigrants into the country--but that is far from the truth. Just like their compatriots from other ethnic groups, Latinos have been suffering under the thumb of the Obama administration. And just like other Americans, they want the country they love to once again become the land of opportunity.
Those are real facts, something the President is very reluctant to use.
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