Did Obama break promise to Latinos?

Did President Obama break his promise to Latino voters that he'd deliver a comprehensive immigration reform plan in his first year?

And if so, will it wind up costing Democratic candidates in the November mid-term elections and, for that matter, the president himself when he comes up for re-election in 2012?

The answers are: yes and probably.

Yes, of course, Obama broke his promise to Latinos. And it is probably true that, for doing so, Obama and fellow Democrats will continue to lose Latino support.

And I'm not the only one saying it.

This week, during an appearance on "John King USA," Univision anchor Jorge Ramos blamed Obama and congressional Republicans for failing to take action to fix the nation's broken immigration system. The issue is at the center of Ramos' new book, "A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto."

Guest host Jessica Yellin showed a video clip of Ramos asking candidate Obama in 2008 if he would commit to reforming the immigration system. Obama responded, "I cannot guarantee that it's going to be in the first 100 days. But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I'm promoting and that I want to move that forward as quickly as possible."
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  • I know this may sound glib- but I think the President is handling so many crisis domestically and internationally, that to blame him for not handling the immigration issue in the first year is unimaginable. If he hadn't handled the economic crises first, this country would be in ruins. I say - give the guy some credit and assume good faith in what he is doing!
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