With President Obama at the height of his political and personal power – and his debt to Latinos fresh in everyone’s minds, is it time for Mexicans to press the case of the undocumented? This editorial from Mexico’s El Universal urges U.S. Latinos, and especially Mexicans, to press for an amnesty for undocumented immigrants now, before the people of the United States forget how pivotal they were in the 2012 election.
The El Universal editorial says in part:
Mexico and its citizens living in the United States cannot afford to let the issue pass for another time. The 2012 Latino vote is a juncture of unprecedented importance that could lose its novelty on the public agenda.
It is no exaggeration to say that to a great extent, the president owes his reelection to the Hispanic vote. He was favored by over 70 percent. That’s a high figure considering that Obama not only failed to meet his promise of immigration reform in his first year in office, but he also broke the record for deportations.
This is perhaps the first time in the 12 years since the tragic events of September 11 that noises favorable to its neighboring country [Mexico] have been heard. The example of 9/11, nevertheless, should encourage the reformers to push a legislative proposal quickly. Another unexpected event may occur that quickly causes U.S. people to close off the possibility of an “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. The best course would be to exploit the current situation.
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