He hosted a gaggle of liberal swells today (including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and criminal coddling former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) at the White House to discuss comprehensive amnesty. But these days, the sovereignty-friendly House of Representatives has more important things to do than reward foreign lawbreakers.
The President must be looking hard at his cratering poll numbers among hispanics, like the ones the Gallup pollsters turned up (Gallup: Obama's Approval Among Hispanics Drops to All-Time Low of 47 Percent).
In addition, the would-be king of all hispanics Rep. Luis Gutierrez suggested recently that he and his tribe might not support Obama in the next election (Citing immigration reform, liberal House Dem might not back Obama in 2012).
Apparently Obama is getting no credit for his downsizing border arrests (Arizona Sheriff Cites Flood of Border Agents Confirming Feds' No-Apprehension Policy). There's no pleasing ethno-politicians like Gutierrez who demand the whole amnesty enchilada.
Therefore, the Tuesday dog-and-pony show. . .
Obama urges activists to pressure Congress on immigration reform The Hill, April 19, 2011
Despite long odds against immigration reform, President Obama on Tuesday urged a wide range of activists and officials to keep pushing the issue.â€¨â€¨The president told the group, which included Rev. Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, that for Congress to act, they will have to put pressure on Capitol Hill.
"All politicians have to listen to their base," Sharpton told reporters after the White House meeting.
Sharpton acknowledged that Obama was "very candid" about immigration reform's bleak hopes for passage.
But Bill Bratton, a former police chief of Los Angeles and New York City, said Obama asked the group of about 70 participants "to commit going forward to keep the debate about this issue alive."
Obama has come under fire repeatedly by Hispanic and pro-reform groups who have questioned his commitment on the issue.
As the president prepares to travel to Nevada on Wednesday, a state that highlights the growing importance of Hispanic voters, Obama sought to demonstrate that he still considers the issue a priority.
Eric Garcetti, president of the Los Angeles city council, said that Obama "made a very compelling case that he will not let this issue go."
Ahead of the meeting, the White House said in a release that Obama would talk to the group about "how we can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress."