Obama plans online roundtable to address Hispanic issues
September 28th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Obama plans online roundtable to address Hispanic issues

Washington (CNN) – Republicans lack the leadership to put comprehensive immigration reform back to the table, President Barack Obama said Wednesday during an online roundtable about issues in the Hispanic community.

Obama reiterated that he he supports a pathway for legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. His immigration vision includes having undocumented immigrants pay a fine or learn English, or other steps that will lead to citizenship. Tough border security enforcement and actions against employers who hire illegal immigrants are the other pillars of his plan.

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  1. ricky vee

    This guy is so bad.... literally the worst president the country has ever seen. I like how he lies to blacks and hispanics as a way to get votes yet when if you look at his record he has done nothing to make their lives any better. Totally laughable and im pretty sure Obama is gone next year.

    September 28, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Minorities in this country need to take a more active role in their own political futures. Simply casting a vote is not enough, it is only the start of the process of protecting your own best interests. Casting a vote and then sitting back waiting for your elected official to act in your best interests does not work when you consider that you are not making your concerns known to said official while others are making their interests known in loud voices.

    September 28, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. diridi

    Tell them that they can have "Free Immigration". Ha!!! People, watch out, do not care witch party is it., be it GOP or Dem. o.k, We need stringent immigration policies implemented in here, while unemployment is 9 percent...o.k, Watch out these IT temporary too. Esply Federal Government contractors....watch them...they break the laws, for change of status...o.k, ....

    September 28, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    The tea party rhetoric is sure going to damage the republicans with this demographic. They've practically called for hispanics to be rounded up in mass and deported (or jailed). I sure will be waiting to see how the Cons are going to try and spin this issue; even money they'll claim that they won't need them to beat Obama. Good luck with that.

    September 28, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. ObamaCares

    The repuking (Kkk) party is really disgusting. They'll lose the Hispanic vote too because they don't care for anyone but their own ilk.

    September 28, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This guy is so bad.... literally the worst president the country has ever seen."

    In your opinion perhaps ... in mine, not so much.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    ricky vee wrote:
    I like how he lies to blacks and hispanics as a way to get votes yet when if you look at his record he has done nothing to make their lives any better.
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    Minorities have consistently voted for the candidate who has their best interests. I am glad that you have pointed out that President Obama has done nothing major that directly helps minorities in this country. Because, it takes away another false talking point.

    You have also raised the single best reason for minorities to vote for President Obama and re-elect him. While he has, as you say, done nothing to help minorities (interesting line of reasoning you've got there. pandering at its' best) he has done nothing to hurt their best interests, either. I do not think the same could be said had Sen. McCain won in 2008, and again if a Republican wins in 2012.

    Voting Republican is simply not in the best interests of minorities. In case you have noticed, Republicans gave up trying to win over minority voters decades ago.

    September 28, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's his way of saying he wants to grant citizenship to all illegals, so he can make them into democratic voters, and stack the deck against the opposition!

    That is subversive.......plain and simple!

    September 28, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. New Age Independent

    Rudy, since you apparently believe that Obama, and Democrats in general, has the best interests of minorities in mind, perhaps you can explain why you believe that? And why you believe that voting for a Republican hurts? From my understanding unemployment rates have only gone up for minorities, though I don't have any numbers in front of me. I also tend to believe, as a parent of a mixed raced minority family, that Democrats have promised much, but delivered little. I don't see where there is a difference between the parties. I also don't agree with your assessment that Republicans gave up on minority voters either. To me it would seem that liberals on this board tune out and ignore that which they do not want to admit.

    September 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Rudy NYC

    Minorities in this country need to take a more active role in their own political futures. Simply casting a vote is not enough, it is only the start of the process of protecting your own best interests. Casting a vote and then sitting back waiting for your elected official to act in your best interests does not work when you consider that you are not making your concerns known to said official while others are making their interests known in loud voices.◄

    Right on – But beware of the RIGHT trying to turn African Americans against President Obama – it is trickling out now but will NEVER happen!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    September 28, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. BinFL

    Why is everything President Obama does a "devious plot" to you Repubs? He isn't doing anything different than past presidents as far as campaigning...as if Pres Bush didn't try to court the minorities...PLEASE! Maybe if you would educate yourselves you would see that this president treats all Americans as equals and the "Class Warfare" you all are crying about is just another divisive term you throw out there. It's class warfare alright because it is time the middle class and poor take this country back from the richest controlling our country. I'm so tired of the insults being thrown at this man since Day 1. The stupid voters in this country gave Bush 8 years even though it was evident that he was on his way to destroying us by his Iraq invasion, tax cuts, etc and yet you won't give this man 4 years to try to right the ship....simply frustrating to say the least.

    September 28, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. mikle

    The worse president ever. What Obama done for blacks or Hispanic? NOTHING.. Just bla-bla-bla. What he does is go around and collect money kva-kva-kva,.

    September 28, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Terry, VA

    Obummie has the black and hispanic vote sewed up. 90% of the blacks and 65% of the hispanic voters went with Obummie in 2008. These voters will go with him again in 2012 no matter what. The problem Obummie will have in 2012 will be he won't get near the percentage of white voters nor female voters that he got in 2008. Before you idiots start hollering racism, it's not. It is his POLICIES>>>>>POLICIES. It amazes me that the black unemployment rate is almost twice that of the national average and the black voter will still vote for Obummie. They need to take a look at Herman Cain. He can fix the economy. Obummie is one and done.

    September 28, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ricky vee wrote:
    I like how he lies to blacks and hispanics as a way to get votes yet when if you look at his record he has done nothing to make their lives any better
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    You guys are just too comical! Heaven forbid if our first black President went out of his way to do anything for us so-called "minorities", Black or otherwise! You would've jumped all over that,now you're trying to use it against him. It's not going to work and here's why: we voted for this President to be President of ALL people in these United States. You included. We voted for the best candidate. The one that we felt/thought would best represent us as a nation, and who had (and still has)the best interests of ALL segments of our diverse population in mind.
    So,for the umpteenth time I hope the fact that he hasn't done "anything" for us "minorities would lay to rest certain inane claims by your team, I know it won't though. Simultaneously realize that he will have our vote AGAIN in 2012 as we still believe he is the best man for the job.
    Obama 2012.

    September 28, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. BinFL

    All you "worst president ever" people crack me up. You really expected one man to solve all of our ills in 3 years, didn't you? I really don't believe you live in reality. President Obama can only do so much, unfortunately he is not a dictator and has to rely on our very broken Congress to get anything done. He still has the right ideas and can see the big picture and looks beyond today into the future but the do nothing Repubs/TPs will never go beyond their narrow vision of oil reliance, getting rid of social programs, tax cuts create jobs and all the other crap they spew and have tried. Don't you all get it yet...we have tried what the Repubs want..that is why we are where we are today. President Obama needs our help in getting rid of these obstructionists so he can move forward!

    September 28, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We were told and the fact still remains we can't look to one person to "do" for us.
    Change starts with each of us doing our part,that includes educating ourselves on the issues and not geting caught up in the hype.
    President Obama stated the obvious during his campaign and on inauguration day when he said change takes time,and it is going to take time to fix this but together we can accomplish everything.
    I continue to proudly stand by our President. No he is not perfect, yes he has made mistakes.But I prefer a man who can recognize when a change in direction might be needed to one that is too arrogant, indolent and quite frankly stupid to even care.
    Obama cares and is not afraid of hard-work or of facing down the "establishment" to help our suffering middle-class.
    Obama 2012

    September 28, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Terry, VA: The problem Obummie will have in 2012 will be he won't get near the percentage of white voters nor female voters that he got in 2008.

    Speaking first as an American, and second as a caucasian female, I respectfully disagree. You know not what you speak of. If anything, Michele Bachman has taken the "female" vote to a whole new level of discontent, certainly not favorable to the Republican Party.

    September 28, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Terry, VA wrote:
    They need to take a look at Herman Cain.
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    Minority voters have looked at Mr. Cain. All that they have seen is the back of his head.

    September 28, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Terry, VA

    @Rudy,NYC...What the heck are you talking about when you state" Minority voters have looked at Mr Cain. All that they have seen is the back of his head ? Obummie couldn't run one of Cain's pizza joints. Cain has more business sense in his little finger than Obummie has in his body and administration put together. Obummie is one and done because of his ignorance. One and done. Enter Cain or Romney !!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Domincan mama: and here's why: we voted for this President to be President of ALL people in these United States. You included.

    What a great post! Apparently the irony of it is too much for the GOPers to grasp intellectually.

    @RudyNYC:

    I've enjoyed your posts today as well. Keep 'em coming.

    September 28, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    New Age Independent wrote:
    Rudy, since you apparently believe that Obama, and Democrats in general, has the best interests of minorities in mind, perhaps you can explain why you believe that? And why you believe that voting for a Republican hurts? ..... ....
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    Minority unemployment rose during the Reagan years, and didn't drop until the Clinton years. Minority unemployment remained stagnant during the early years of the GWB administration. Unemployment has rose across the board since the Great Recession hit.

    Minority voters know that their best chances for middle class jobs come through education and government jobs. While the private sector is open to minorities, the opportunites are not as abundant as the public sector. Education and public sector jobs are two areas that Republicans seem bent on eliminating.

    Most Hispanic immigrants came to this country and voted Republican because they saw conservatives as being on their side when it came to making jobs available to them. But most have long since realized that conservatives merely wanted votes, and a demographic to fill a perpetual niche. More and more Hispanices are realizing that they can climb the socio-economic ladder through liberal leadership.

    September 28, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Terry, VA wrote:
    @Rudy,NYC...What the heck are you talking about when you state" Minority voters have looked at Mr Cain. All that they have seen is the back of his head ?
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    You don't know what that means? Then you are out of touch with the real concerns of real Americans.

    I would like to point out that your srong comments do not serve to convince people to see your views. They make for great sound bites among the extreme right wing, but only serve to alienate those who are not. Keep it up.

    September 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |