President Obama is turning to Hollywood for the best possible advice on all things immigration. And he's contacting all the pros: Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson. Obama's slipping grip on the key Hispanic voting community may be a reason why.
The White House had previously announced that Obama would meet with “influential Hispanics from across the country to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system.” The discussion was intended to focus on creating “a constructive national conversation on this important issue” and ultimately “work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress.”
The brain trust that met with Obama and his aides in the White House Roosevelt Room included the following renowned immigration “experts”: Longoria of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” fame, “Ugly Betty” show star Ferrera, “Sin City” movie actress Dawson and Emilio Estefan, the producer-musician husband of singer Gloria Estefan.
Also invited to advise the president were Los Angeles radio show host Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, Univision hosts Don Francisco and Maria Elena Salinas and Telemundo anchors Vanessa Hauc and Jose Diaz-Balart, the brother of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, both Florida Republicans.
Diaz-Balart commented that, when compared with other issues such as healthcare, Obama has not accomplished much when it comes to immigration reform in the last two years.
“The silence is not golden,” Diaz-Balart told reporters, adding, “I think there is a sense of ‘Man, you promised us, you had the majority in the House and the Senate, and you spent so much political capital on other issues when you promised us and we came through for you.’ I think the president is probably aware of that.”
Longoria revealed to reporters that Obama had asked about particular concerns that the celebrities were hearing from the Hispanic community, and additionally what the expectations from his administration would be for the next two years.
But if Obama needs to be briefed on how he's doing on immigration, he doesn't need to visit Hollywood. Former top presidential adviser Karl Rove flat out says President Barack Obama’s inaction on immigration reform is costing him the Hispanic vote, which could land squarely in the hands of Republicans.
Rove said on the Fox Business Network that Obama’s numbers are tumbling in the Latino community because he has done a “lousy job” on most key issues.
The president assured those at the meeting that congressional Democrats would continue to call for passage of the DREAM Act, a measure that would provide permanent U.S. residency to college graduates and military veterans who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The legislation passed the House in 2010 but was blocked in the Senate.
To his credit Obama has
met with officials who are close to the issue. A week earlier Obama had an immigration meeting with a group that indeed included politicians, religious clerics, law enforcement officials and business, labor, and civil rights figures, seemingly trying to start up the amnesty engine for the upcoming campaign season.
Although Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, the White House is not feeling the love from the Latino community.
The White House strategy appears to be to shore up Hispanic support and increase Democratic voters in states that have sizable Hispanic populations, including Nevada, Colorado and Florida.
These states are viewed as critical to the president’s securing of a second term, as evidently is his continued relationship with Hollywood celebrities.
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