Obama: 'I need a dance partner' on immigration reform
July 25th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: 'I need a dance partner' on immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - America's immigration system is broken, but pressure from a larger political movement is needed to fix it, President Barack Obama said Monday.

"The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you, not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written," Obama said at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference.

"Let's be honest, I need a dance partner here, and the floor is empty," he added, referring to the need for bipartisan congressional support to pass an immigration reform measure.

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  1. George

    Obama is right, but no one is going to help to do anything productive. The only people who are motivated are the loud mouthed, screaming anti-immigrationists who want to build a Berlin Wall around our southern border, which does nothing to solve anything.

    July 25, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Here in Georgia, Conservatives passed a tough immigration bill, and now farmers can't find anyone to pick their crops.

    And if we legalize (and make citizens of) all the illegals, they will leave the fields and we'll STILL have no one to pick the crops.

    Not an easy problem to solve.

    July 25, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. gt

    we are fixing to default on the debit and he is wants to dance with a illegal ... pathedic.. it the ecomnony stupid.. man this guy just dont get it..

    July 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    It looks like you'll be dancing solo Mr. President because you are definitely not going to get any support from the republiKLANs. The Dream Act was legislation that I thought everyone could stand behind but apparently not. I guess Arizona's "show papers" law and Georgia's immigration law will be the new norm. The agriculture industry in Georgia is being hit hard because of the new law. You're not going to find African Americans or whites willing to do the strenuous work of picking peaches and landscaping.

    July 25, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. terry,va

    Maybe Obummie can get Jay-Lo to dance with him. Hollywood is in his back pocket. The common folk aren't and will see that this loser is voted out in 2012.

    July 25, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. solmarie

    Immigration is a delicate subject which touches many household in th United States. You need to start thinking out of the box and write out first three simple steps. Would be better off hiring a group of individual who do not have roots in politics but can think of the best way for both sides. Sometimes community members who sees both sides and can find solutions to all these immigration laws that benefits everyone and doesn't slap in the face those who shouldn't fall under it. I am studying International Affairs and believe me the debates that goes on is incredible. Maybe hiring college students would be your answer. New ideas might be your answer.

    July 25, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. bill

    Why would you waste time lecturing a group called 'The Race'?

    July 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Mr. President, I guess that means you are looking at a dead party. R.I.P Republicans. The cancerous Tea Party infection has become terminal.

    July 25, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Cue hypocritical neocon statements criticizing Obama's immigration stance while turning blind eye to Bush Jr.'s policies of redefining ILLEGAL immigrants as 'guest workers' and promising them a swift path to citizenship!

    July 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. rs

    Good luck with that. The "Party of No" is on a roll. Despite all their anti-Hispanic (oops, anti-immigrant), and anti-voting law making of late, they think they have a chance of winning over Latino voters. They are as delusional as ever. Obama will have to wait until the wackadoodles of the House are voted out.

    July 25, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Peter E

    In the late 19th century the large influx of Irish and German immigrants prompted an acute xenophobic backlash. These immigrants worked low-wage jobs, kept to their own culture, spoke their own languages, and in turn were shunned by society, accused of being criminals and other unfair characterizations. It took only a few decades for the Irish heritage to not just be accepted, but downright celebrated in America. (oh, and for those who are about cry 'but they immigrated LEGALLY' you might want to look up how much simpler immigration was in those days. You arrived, said your name, were quarantined for a few weeks for diseases, then let loose)
    Today Mexican immigrants come to our country, also work hard in low-wage jobs, keep to their own culture, and are shunned by society. But already politicians on both sides of the aisle are kissing up to them. Just recall Dubya's repeated efforts courting hispanic voters with promises of work in Spanish language ads nonetheless!

    July 25, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Vanessa

    Go Mr president! We, the Hispanic community stand behind u!

    July 25, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |