”But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting.“
Candidate Barack Obama
As the walking embodiment of the American melting pot and covetous of votes from America's increasing minority population, Candidate Obama came out strongly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.
He said, "I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible."
Candidate Obama garnered millions of votes by promising to push comprehensive immigration reform “in his first year” and to level the “playing field for American workers” through immigration reform.
With the 100-day mark come and gone many, many times and the third year of his term proceeding apace, it is clear that President Obama will not be keeping Candidate Obama's promise of comprehensive immigration reform any time soon.
Candidate Obama displayed a campaign theme, but we couldn't see the theme in its entirety until we elected him president: as Candidate Obama, he was willing to say whatever he thought we wanted to hear to gain our vote.
As President, Obama ignored what we said by voting for him – that we expect him to keep his word. Now as he begins his campaign for re-election, he is resurrecting a broken promise from his last campaign: immigration reform, if only we'll re-elect him.
To the millions of immigrants living in the shadows, President Obama's broken promise is more than failed political spin; it moves them ever closer to genuine crisis.
Once again, broken promises litter the path of a man who offered such a compelling message of hope in exchange for votes.