President Obama visited the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday for the first time since being elected and urged his supporters to tell Congress to pass legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Obama saw this as an opportunity to blame Republicans for their lack of immigration legislation and he did not miss the chance to mock Republican lawmakers for blocking immigration over border security alone. Obama tried to show the El Paso, TX crowd that he has fulfilled his part by following steps set up by Republicans but put the blame back on them for continuing to hold back on legislation. At one point he said “maybe they’ll need a moat” and “maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.”

The remarks will get him no closer to his goal of bipartisan legislation but he appears to be more concerned at the moment with securing a Latino vote, which in 2008 accounted for more than 7 percent of voters. He calls for Republicans to act but his speech broke no new policy grounds nor did he offer a bill or call on Congress to send him one. So far, it seems that his campaign has been based on putting pressure on Republicans to act while he builds support for next years election. Two key border state Republicans, Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain of Arizona, shot back at Obama saying: “President Obama speaks about our broken immigration system; but what about our broken borders?” It seems Obama is saying one thing and quite obviously acting on another.

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