President Obama took to the airwaves yesterday to let Latinos know he did his best to hold up his end of his promise to reform the country’s immigration system, reports Univision.
When asked whether or not he broke his campaign promise to bring comprehensive immigration reform to the country upon his election, Obama told the popular and influential Los Angeles-based radio host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, “Piolin, I would only have broken my promise if I hadn’t tried. But ultimately, I’m one man.”
“You know, we live in a democracy. We don’t live in a monarchy. I’m not the king. I’m the president. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress.”
Obama may not have successfully won comprehensive immigration reform, but he has overseen the rapid expansion of Secure Communities, an enforcement program that has fueled Obama’s record-breaking deportation spree.
On yesterday’s show, he sought to draw a clear line between him and conservative lawmakers who’ve passed restrictive state legislation from Arizona to South Carolina in the few short years since he’s been president.Supporters of those laws are taking an “”anti-immigrant stand,” Obama said. His administration has filed lawsuits challenging Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama’s laws which aim to criminalize nearly every aspect of life for undocumented immigrants.
Obama also made a direct appeal to Latino voters by arguing that he is the immigrant community’s best hope for some kind of legalization proposal down the line.
“[It’s] going to depend on the community making sure that it is focused on those who are preventing comprehensive immigration reform from occurring,” Obama said. “And since I am 100 percent behind comprehensive immigration reform, obviously I am not the roadblock to making this happen.”