By Romeo Morales
His latest move could revive his chances for a second term.
Using his executive power once more, Obama announced last Friday, June 15 that immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and are still under 30, with no criminal record can now come out of the shadow without fear. These immigrants can now avoid deportation.
This bold move of the incumbent president on the problem of immigration has increased his chances for re-election. His reluctance to go out of the box on key sensitive issues has been driving away those who supported him in 2008. And with a Republican-dominated Congress sitting down on most of his projects, his grips on the oval office are slowly slipping away from him. His supporters who were so enthusiastic about him when he entered the White House have been disappointed with him, and were entertaining doubts that the guy they sent to the Oval Office is not the guy they thought braved enough to effect changes in the government.
Although, the latest stroke of his pen is seen as a blatant political move to win him another four years, it was a move in the right direction for a fundamentally broken immigration system that does not seem any inch moving forward of being addressed. Even those, who earlier proposed the solutions to the problems, were now the very ones sitting down on them because of partisan politics and not the desire to get things done. Sadly, it is a common knowledge that both sides of the party are using immigration as a way to gain votes but were not that serious enough to fix the problem or get the problem solved.
Whether the Oval Office’s announcement is a political move or not, we cannot deny that something has to be done to save those young immigrants from deportation. They came here through no fault of their own. This is where Obama’s move becomes relevant solution to the problem.
“Let’s be clear, this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship, this is not a permanent fix,” Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. “This is the right thing to do.”
Obama’s initiative is being monitored closely by the Hispanics electorates, who had supported him in his bid for the White House. He got 67 percent of their votes in 2008. His inaction to their growing predicament has been making the Latino voters doubts the sincerity of the office they thought could bail them out of the rut.
His latest move could spell hope to his campaign. It will send the Latinos, who have been contemplating of just staying home comes election time, to go out and vote. The Hispanic vote could be critical in swing states like Colorado, Nevada and Florida. There are about 21.7 million Hispanic eligible voters nationwide, who could make a big difference in Obama’s quest for a second term.
It is expected that those on the other side of the fence will holler or will continue to holler louder against the latest move of the President. So be it! This is how decisions are made—No guts, no glory!