Watch how he baits the hook:
At a Cinco de Mayo reception he hosted at the White House, Obama he would keep fighting for reforms to grant children of undocumented workers a path to U.S. citizenship and address other problems with the country's complex immigration rules.
"'No' is not an option. I want to sign the DREAM Act into law. I've got the pens all ready," he told the Rose Garden event featuring margaritas and tacos held two days ahead of May 5, marked in the United States to celebrate Mexican culture.
"I'm willing to work with anybody who is serious to get this done and to achieve bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform to solve this challenge once and for all," he said.
The president made a similar promise a couple weeks ago in an interview with Univision:
Addressing the sensitive topic of immigration reform, Obama blamed Republicans for the lack of progress on reform legislation and pledged he would “try” to bring up the issue in the first year of a second term.
“I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term,” he said. “I want to try this year.
“The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple; I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it.”
Does this sound familiar? It should -- In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama promised to make immigration reform a "top priority" of his administration, pledging results within his first year as president: