By Felicia Persaud, caribbeanworldnews.com
WASHINGTON - Can President Obama really stay true to his promise to push on with immigration reform?
The President made the `Yes We Can` vow Wednesday, after calling the Senate`s failure to pass the DREAM act on Dec. 18th, his `biggest disappointment` yet.
`My biggest disappointment was this DREAM Act vote... I want to do right by those kids,` Obama told a year-end press conference.
He called it `heartbreaking` that some of these children, brought illegally into the country by their parents through no fault of their own, live under a `shadow of fear.`
`I`m very disappointed Congress wasn`t able to pass the DREAM Act so we can stop punishing kids for the actions of their parents and allow them to serve in the military or earn an education and contribute their talents to the country where they grew up,` the president said.
Really? Well for me the 41 `No` votes were nothing short of the forty-one bullets Amadou Diallo took.
The bill would have offered a path to citizenship to young undocumented immigrants who attend college or join the military. Young people with hopes and dreams whose holidays have been dashed by heartless lawmakers who lack the very Christian principle so many tout – compassion.
The measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance through the Senate on Saturday.
The President, who has promised to push immigration reform since taking office but has failed to deliver to date, insisted yesterday he was `persistent` and `determined` to secure passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act in the new Congress.
This even though it will be controlled by Republicans who see anything immigration related as amnesty for `illegals.`
Well good luck President Obama. You certainly will need it and I am glad you are much more optimistic than I am. Maybe you can cut one of those so called bi-partisan deals with the Republicans and make this a reality yet or maybe the time has come to shake out all the `illegals` hiding in the closets of the GOPers and Tea Partyites and play politics with them.
Either way, immigration reform in the U.S. is looking bleaker by the minute and President Obama`s vow on Wednesday simply rang as hollow as his campaign promises made two years ago. Sounds great but seeing is believing!