President Barack Obama, sounding confident about his re-election chances, said this week he has “another five years” to tackle immigration reform.
In a telephone interview that aired Wednesday on Univision Radio’s Los Angeles-based “Piolin Por La Mañana” show, Obama told a largely Spanish-speaking audience he still has plenty of time to deal with immigration, a central promise during his 2008 campaign.
“My presidency is not over,” Obama said. “I’ve got another five years coming up. We’re going to get this done.”
Defending the work his administration has already done on behalf of the Latino community, Obama said the only way any progress will be made is with congressional support, and dinged Republicans for being “unwilling to talk at all” about the issue.
“Unfortunately, the Republican side, which used to at least give lip service to immigration reform, now they’ve gone completely to a different place and have shown themselves unwilling to talk at all about any sensible solutions to this issue,” Obama said. “We are just going to have to keep up the pressure until they act.”
Listen to the clip [full interview below]:
Full interview, via Univision News: