President Obama wants immigration reform to fail so that he can blame the GOP
President Obama just signaled that he is not interested in immigration reform. He just told us that he wants a pathway to citizenship rather than working with the bipartisan deal that includes border security, guest worker visas and ultimately a path to legalization.
President Obama wants a path to citizenship right away and did not mention "guest worker visas" in his speech. He has to know that those are "poison pills" for many Republicans, including the 4 Senators who are part of the compromise.
What's President Obama up to? He wants immigration reform to fail. He wants to propose unrealistic plans and blame "los terrible republicanos" again.
Most of all, he does not want an "up or down" vote because that will show that a lot of Democrats are uncomfortable with immigration reform too.
Remember The Dream Act vote of 2010 that did not pass because of Senate Democrats?
The Democrats have always been uncomfortable with "guest worker" visas. It won't be any different this time around when we get into details.
Let's hope that Senator Rubio and the others understand who they are negotiating with. Unlike President Bush in 2007, who was committed to a bipartisan solution, President Obama is not. He wants the issue, the distraction and the opportunity to give a lot of meaningless "5 de Mayo" speeches proposing reforms without specifics.
President Obama has one objective: He wants "hispanos" to show up in 2014 so that the Democrats have a chance to keep the US Senate and pick up the House. Without Hispanos, the GOP will do well in 2014 especially if we keep learning about the real cost of Obama-Care.
Yes, President Obama does not want Hispanos talking about Obama-Care, a stagnant economy and the massive deficits that their children are about to inherit.
Again, President Obama wants to distract Hispanos and blame the failure of immigration on "los terrible, racista y anti-imigrante republicanos".
I hope that Senator Rubio understands that he is doing business with a first class demagogue in permanent campaign mode rather than a serious leader who wants solutions.
Silvio Canto, Jr., is the author of "Cubanos in Wisconsin" the story of his family leaving communist Cuba.