When pressed on what he would do for African-Americans, president Obama responded by saying that he’s not the president of Black America. Even though Obama has never been willing to push for specific remedies (charity is not a remedy) to address the ills of the African-American community, he continues to use his presidency to address the issues of Latino Americans who, to their credit, have been much more vocal than their African-American counterparts.
“My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America…” said Obama.
But as BreakingBrown previously reported, Obama was embarrassed during a townhall in Washington D.C. when reporters from Spanish language television stations took issue with his administration’s deportation policy. So even though Obama steers clear of reversing himself on his stance that he is not president of Black America, he does seem to be president of Latino America, and LGBT America, and every other demographic under the Democratic tent except Black America.
“Your reputation has been tarnished among Latinos over deportations,” Acevedo of Univision said, according to The Washington Post, referring to Obama having surpassed George W. Bush in the number of undocumented immigrants deported. “How can you ask the Latino community to trust you?” Also, Janet Murguia, head of the National Council of La Raza, called President Obama the Deporter-In-Chief during an event last Tuesday.
The pressure being put on Obama by Latino activists and media has caused Obama to change his tune on deportations. After a late-night meeting with Latino leaders on Thursday, President Obama caved to pressure and agreed to review his deportation policy.
President Obama had previously said that his hands were tied unless Congress agreed to pass a comprehensive immigration plan, but now Obama has apparently had a change of heart.
“It is clear that the pleas from the community got through to the president,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, according to Fox News Latino.
“The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” read a statement from Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney.
It is unclear what action Obama will take to reduce the number of deportations.