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Opponents of action are out of excuses.
We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now.
But -- election year politics keeps congress from acting on a comprehensive plan.
Let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who -- -- staff our labs start new businesses.
Defend this country.
Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship I will sign it right away.
That was President Obama and his State of the Union Address earlier this week calling on congress to pass.
The DREAM Act or something like get to allow.
Illegal immigrants who came to this country's children to become citizens if there and be enrolled in school enrolled in -- there -- reforms -- a member of the armed forces and that's what he wants -- Republicans don't like it this is our life we are -- still -- Ford O'Connell.
Red team blue team.
They're having a good -- houses -- That's terrible about either of these people I can I can tell you that but.
The topic that we are discussing before and that's very relevant to the president's western swing in the 2012 election.
-- talked about it Hispanic voters can Republicans reversed their losses that they experienced in the last election last presidential election among Hispanic voters and does the president.
Have a way to seal the deal with the fastest growing voter demographic in the country somebody who knows a good deal about that is congressman and replay are -- Joins us.
Via Skype are the magic of the Internet Internet you're doing a great job.
He joins us from Baltimore Maryland.
Where the Democrats -- and I we are careful to say not a policy retreat but -- policy gathering we don't -- retreat right congressman.
That's right it's it's a great gathering here in Maryland and.
Okay so let's talk about this President Obama.
Made immigration -- front and center a big part of his address this week.
The Republican candidates are are talking about immigration a great deal as they fight it out down in Florida where there are a large number of Hispanic voters.
Talk to us about the strategy from the democratic side about getting Hispanic voters to stick with.
Why is it that we cannot get the right isn't the smartest people that are committed to the United States and make him part of our society.
And that's what the American dream is all about.
On this is why we happy you know the chairman of the head of Coca-Cola -- this the other post.
There were immigrants.
And have contributed to our country and this is what the president's trying to do get the brightest and smartest ones so they can add to our American economy.
Okay but in terms we we we practice rather cynical form of journalism here in studio.
Everywhere we look where we look at.
-- how it affects elections we we just do we just do enough to both.
And I've no doubt a lot of people share your point of view but in terms of getting Hispanics mobilized to go out and vote for President Obama helped deliver states like.
Nevada Colorado Florida.
Is do you think the president on the right message to get that done.
We're certainly I think the argument.
Already pop -- policymakers is.
-- argument that the the people who know are you on our side.
And he -- talk about it they're responsible.
Immigration reform that I think the Hispanic community are gonna listen to those folks have a sensible.
Immigration reform and I think this is what the president's trying to -- or are laid out at the state of the union.
And now I know that you are busy.
And day it is the other team.
-- debate has been ferocious down in Florida between.
Mitt Romney and Newt -- over who is at war and pro immigrant or anti immigration anti illegal immigrant it's gotten very ugly down there.
In terms of competing for the Hispanic vote.
Which of those two candidates do you think.
The president would rather face too which of those who do you think would fare worse among Hispanic voters.
-- you know first of all they gotta get our past Florida and see what sort of arguments are gonna make it to the Hispanic community there he keep in mind that the Hispanic community is not monolithic you have Cuban Americans you have Chrysler or GM or other.
Hispanics out there and and they didn't listen don't underestimate the Hispanic community.
And they -- -- -- which of the Republican candidates has been consistent.
Throughout the whole debate.
The war they say something now that they say something -- -- New Hampshire are they now say it's on to Florida they're gonna say something when -- go to Colorado and Texas and other places so.
They want to see some consistency to make sure that there are talking about some sort of sensible immigration reform -- Last question congressman we've talked before about.
Well you believe -- -- pathway to citizenship and all of those things about.
You're you're gonna yeah it's hard it was deliberating.
In the need to protect America's border especially owing to the great violence that is consumed much of northern Mexico.
-- are you satisfied that progress is being made in that regard.
We don't first of all let's look at some of the other figures out there we have the lowest crossings are -- enough undocumented crossing since 1970 chooses a Nixon administration.
The FBI says that the crime rate on the US side is is lower.
On the -- than the national area so we are looking answer in areas that.
And I think we can we have been proven I think we can improve my area -- working together can we do more for border security yes but have we done a lot to.
Two make it a better place so we can now sort talk about immigration reform I think we have.
Okay congress where you're awful good -- that Skype's.
And we appreciate you making time for us today enjoy the rest of your time in Baltimore.
Thank you so much OK all right gentlemen let's talk about this is the subject -- a little more detail.
The United States as I said the fastest growing demographic of voters it is the key it is the future.
For either political party without.
A reasonable presences Ford said you've got to get at least two fifths essentially.
Or you're gonna get wiped out.
What is the strategy briefly from from both of you guys that you think and takes -- good grip to take the blue head -- -- -- sure and tell us what strategy.
The Republicans ought to take in terms of Hispanic outreach and -- I think.
Carson -- are touched on it with regard to consistency was -- seemingly so the candidates now flying in the -- of consistency.
They haven't -- grounded.
And -- isn't any support that might be on the sidelines is.
Up for grabs it in re affirming and there are.
Support of Obama acknowledging.
His keeping it on the radar screen in three state of the union addresses.
But that he's -- -- did his best among the four pieces of legislation that he got through lame duck to have the DREAM Act.
But he lost people like Lindsey Graham and McCain who seem to be now muzzled.
On the floor by -- And if they're not out there in front didn't look -- -- -- You had a potential for bipartisanship I think that I -- -- this sue the question is.
You know Walden -- that while the candidates are jockeying for a solid advantage right and we see -- trying to -- that.
With I'm sort of say but self deportation right he's trying to -- Client might look let -- -- dugout yeah sure I love David today after the company only as far as I help well yeah.
Did you know Internet I have my but he says I'm OK okay so you know it's about to -- -- get a -- -- if they don't look at the line.
-- There's really hurt themselves with Hispanic coverage should have done a terrible job.
The best way forward in actually Gingrich is actually started to outline this.
Here's to tell family values education the economy with a congressman failed to mention is the reason why illegal border crossings is -- -- because our economy isn't.
Worsened the great depression and that's only once every -- I understand that so my advice would be this take a DREAM -- stripped it down due to the education because frankly high school college diplomas are not good worker at the Paper that printed on it doing for the military if you do that that will be seen as an olive -- going after because we recognize his camera to -- -- -- -- -- -- Mexican Americans or we recognizes is that second generation Mexican Americans.
Once they're established the family unit and -- of the economy tend to become Republicans.
-- tech pretensions and the opportunity is there.
But if they keep getting this it knows that now the Republicans are sending widget that's because everybody's the most important thing that's what the self deportation to go -- suited for political posturing that got lost I really.
I we have we have lots we have lots of time to fight about the next out of lemons and I've been -- let's take a break because.
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