June 22 - U.S. President Obama assured Hispanic Americans that he would champion immigration reform in a second term. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama assured Hispanic Americans Friday that he would champion immigration reform in a second term, contrasting his vision with Republican White House contender Mitt Romney to court voters who could help sway the election on Nov. 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "One of America's greatest strengths has always been our ability to attract talent and hard-working people, who believe in this country and who want to make it strong. Our current immigration system doesn't reflect those values." With more than 50 million people with Latin American roots living in the U.S., they could decisively influence the result in November. Obama alluded to his rival, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who spoke to the group Thursday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Your speaker from yesterday has a different view. In a speech he said that when he makes a promise to you, he'll keep it. Well, he has promised to veto the DREAM Act, and we should take him at his word." The DREAM Act, offering children brought to the country illegally a path to citizenship, failed to pass the U.S. Senate in December 2010 after most Republicans and some Democrats voted against it. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters