With the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election looming, President Barack Obama has brought immigration to the forefront as he urged Hispanic activists to help him in overhauling immigration laws.
The president recently spoke at the National Council of La Raza, a leading Hispanic civil rights organization. Obama urged Hispanics to create pressure for immigration law reform from the outside in hopes of pressuring change from inside Washington, according to the Washington Post.
Obama has addressed immigration law reform in the past. Several months ago in a speech on the U.S.-Mexico border, the president addressed Republican opposition to reformation of the law.
"You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol," Obama said. "Now they're going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol, or they'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll need a moat-maybe they want alligators in the moat."
Janet Muruguia, La Raza's president and CEO, told National Public Radio that Obama ran with immigration reform as a top priority in 2008 but has disappointed the Latino community with his advancements in that area since winning office.