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Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:00 pm | Updated: 9:05 am, Thu Apr 26, 2012.

As the general election continues to draw near, there is one thing that we can count on. Both presidential candidates will engage in pandering tactics to garner votes. Campaign promises sound good, but how many presidents have made good on their promises throughout the years?

President Obama has begun his pandering by reaching out to the Hispanic community by pledging immigration reform in his second term, if elected. The problem is we’ve heard this same “song and dance” the last time he ran for president.

As Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul so eloquently illustrated, “President Obama only talks about immigration reform when he’s seeking votes.”

The Hispanic community was led to believe that immigration reform was going to be a top priority for the president during his first term. Unfortunately, they were duped and left disappointed by Obama’s lack of action and overall concern about our immigration woes.

“This is something I care deeply about,” said President Obama. “It’s personal to me.”

If this is something that is personal to the president, then why is he waiting for his second term, which is not guaranteed, to do something about it? The Democrats controlled both the Senate and House during his first two years, and like Obamacare, he could have rammed through just about any immigration reform policies he so desired. This was his golden opportunity to deal with an issue he supposedly cares so “deeply” about.

As a result, his lack of commitment to the immigration issue resulted in Arizona’s SB 1070. In response, the president was then quick to act resulting in a federal lawsuit lodged at our great state, which the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in June.

Perhaps, if the president made immigration reform a priority in his first term, Arizona, along with other states, wouldn’t have had to take matters into their own hands to protect their local economies. His lack of action is the cause of SB 1070. Instead of pointing fingers at Governor Brewer, critics should be holding the president responsible for the passage of the bill.

Advocacy groups are again calling for marches and protests against SB 1070 as June approaches and as the Supreme Court gets ready to hear arguments.

“We’ve really had enough with this kind of law,” said Victoria Lopez with the ACLU of Arizona. “It’s definitely a concern that these types of laws are being enacted. Not only because they’re affecting communities and families in these states, but because they’re affecting all of us.”

For starters, Arizona has a long list of things we have had enough of. We are tired of paying for free education and health care for those that are in our country illegally. Personally, I’m tired of having the financial future of my children jeopardized for those that refuse to go through the necessary steps to be in this country legitimately.

Ms. Lopez should focus her attention on the Obama administration for not making immigration reform a top priority when they had control of the Senate and the House. That is when the president could have enacted true immigration reform.

Instead, Arizona is demonized for taking action to protect its citizens. In fact, our state should be commended for making immigration issues a priority, unlike the president.

Let’s face it, whether immigration reform is something the president cares deeply about is in question. My hope is that America and the Hispanic community is not duped again by his pandering tactics. Can we be assured this time around that he will make immigration reform a top priority?

• Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

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