USA Today is reporting that President Obama told a largely Hispanic gathering at the White House today that he will continue to fight for legislation that would ease the path to citizenship for some children of illegal immigrants.
Speaking at a Cinco de Mayo reception, Obama said congressional Republicans have blocked the “DREAM Act,” which would apply to undocumented college students and members of the military.
“We didn’t come this far just to let partisan politics stand in our way,” Obama said. “‘No’ is not an option.”
Latinos are the nation’s fastest-growing voting population, and are a major prize in this election.
Polls currently give Obama a huge lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Latino voters; the president’s re-election team is currently running ads in Spanish-language media.