SAN DIEGO (CBS) — Facing mounting criticism over his failure to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama has returned his focus to Latino voters to shore up support for Democrats in the November elections.

“Don’t forget who is standing with you,” Obama said as he blamed Republicans for standing in the way of progress.

Just weeks ahead of midterm elections that may spell disaster for Democrat majority in Washington, Obama has openly acknowledged the disappointment among Latinos over the immigration issue.

In addition to pledging renewed focus, he promised to help win passage of a controversial bill, known as the DREAM Act, that would allow young people who attend college or join the military to become legal U.S. residents.

But at least one Southern California lawmaker isn’t pleased with the bill.

Congressman Outraged Over DREAM Act: KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle Reports

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said this week that he wants to attach the measure to an upcoming defense policy bill that the Senate could begin considering as soon as next week.

Obama was revisiting the immigration issue again on Thursday. He has scheduled a White House meeting with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Nydia
Velazquez, D-N.Y., to talk about the DREAM Act, as well as an immigration bill Menendez plans to introduce and repealing regulations that give local police authority to make immigration


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Comments (5)
  1. Alan Hart says:

    We don’t need a comprehensive immigration bill. The 1986 bill was fine. Now, all those who scrambled across since then, sorry, you have to leave. You can take your anchor babies with you or you can leave them with legal relatives, your choice.

  2. wonderjh says:

    We as a nation need to stop with all the hand outs. I recently travel to europe and trust over there if you dont have it you dont have it. If your not legally in that country your forced out. We need to adopt that! My tax money is going to pay for illegals care, food, housing, clothing, and education only for them to leave when they retire back to there home land. Trust me when I say their not as poor as they look we are just stupid enough to believe them.

  3. vudu says:

    Did i just read that correctly? He wants to let illegals use up our already over burdoned college systems, and then reward them for it with citizenship? Please tell me i misunderstood. If they was to earn their citizenship by risking thei lives in our armed forces (as every american should have to in my opinion) then great, ill support that. But the college classrooms are already to overcrowded and are constantly turning away students who were to late to get in……. we don’t need more clogging o that system.

  4. ginny says:

    Reids cheap shot of attaching this to the Defense Bill it is just another way to paint Republicans into a corner if the Defense biill fails becuase of this attachment alone. We have already had multiple Amnesty programs here even though at the time the majority of the CITIZENS of the country were against it. The current Adminstration is openly choosing to ignore the existing Immigration Bill (law) even though the majority of the CITIZENS of the country still do not support another Amnesty program. The President and the DOJ is completely ignoring current law and as far as I am concerned that is a treasonus act. NO TO THE DREAM ACT!!!!!

  5. P.J. says:

    NEVER, EVER vote for a Democrat. They are ALL Liars, can’t be trusted and will lead us to destruction. Call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the so=called Dream Amnesty Bill and NEVER vote for a Democrat even if they have a halo around their head.

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