Democrats in congress are preparing to reintroduce the DREAM Act - legislation that provides citizenship for the children of illegals if the join the military or go to college for two years.
Foundering in Congress for a decade, the legislation was passed in the House but came up five votes short of overcoming a Republican filibuster in the Senate during last December's lame-duck session. The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children if they attend college or join the military for two years.
At a speech in El Paso, Texas, Obama called on Congress to pass the bill and "stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents."
"It was a tremendous disappointment to get so close and then see politics get in the way," Obama said. "These are kids who grew up in this country, love this country, and know no other place as home. The idea that we would punish them is cruel and it makes no sense. We are a better nation than that.
"So we're going to keep up the fight for the Dream Act. We're going to keep up the fight for reform."
Latinos are upset with Obama because he hasn't delivered on "comprehensive" immigration reform. The DREAM Act is a large part of that reform, but the make up of Congress has changed since it was last introduced.
The measure may still pass the House, but its prospects in the senate are even dimmer than last time. Clearly, Obama is going to have to find another way to pander to minorities.