On June 15, Obama presented his de-facto amnesty — which critics say could attract more than 2 million claimants — as a concession to young Hispanics brought to the country by their parents. “It is the right thing to do,” he said.
Nonetheless, polls show Obama’s amnesty is unpopular among swing-voting blue-collar and middle-class voters in Midwest battleground states.
His campaign team recognizes the risk.
A video of the president’s June 15 Rose Garden amnesty announcement was prominently posted at the Latino section of Obama’s campaign website. But it was notably absent from African-American sections of the website, partly because record unemployment in African-American communities makes an amnesty for Hispanics even less welcome.
At the July 4 event where he urged a nationwide amnesty — “comprehensive immigration reform” — Obama did not mention African-Americans’ parlous economic situation.