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Obama and Immigration

Recorded on May 9, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Not all Hispanics are single-issue voters who care only about more laxity in our immigration laws?

Yet President Obama's latest appeal to that group is based on what he calls comprehensive immigration reform. Now anytime someone in Washington uses the term comprehensive, they usually mean legislation that includes a lot of bad mixed with the good. In this case, that means amnesty is part of his plan.

But polling shows a multitude of Hispanics care more about the economy, unemployment, and gasoline prices than about immigration. It's no surprise that immigration is a much bigger issue to foreign-born Hispanics than to Hispanics born in America.

Rather than playing identity group politics, it would be nice if Obama focused on ending the big government policies that hurt all of the country.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.