High on the list of the issues that will top President Obama’s agenda in his new term is a push for effective immigration reform. This might be a point around which real bipartisan turns.
Latinos voted overwhelmingly for Obama in the 2012 election, casting 71 percent of the vote in favor of the President. Despite progress in curbing deportation and prioritizing education for immigrants during Obama’s first term, the Latino constituency among others will look to see that immigration reform is delivered more fully over the next four years.
In Arizona, immigration reform means very different things to different people. According to O'Dowd, these are the things different groups of people might be wondering:
Thirty percent of Arizona is Latino, and it's growing. O'Dowd says it will be a powerful constituency with respect to determining the status reform of immigration reform and the influence of the way elections swing.
Congressman Jeff Flake, the junior Republican senator from Arizona, who Peter O'Dowd interviewed recently, said:
"I was never able to look at those people working with me and think that they were criminals, although many did not have legal status. They were coming in large measure just to feed their families and to have a better life. So I've always thought that we need a solution to this problem, one that deals with it humanely."
Of course, the details have yet to be hammered out. A path to citizenship could take many years to be completed.