'This Week' Transcript: McCain

RAMOS: The first month?

OBAMA: ... what I guarantee is, 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.

RAMOS: In the first year?

OBAMA: In my first year.


TAPPER: So that's known in the Hispanic community as Obama's promise. Did -- did he keep it?

RAMOS: La promesa de Obama, no. President Barack Obama, he broke his promise. It's -- it's that simple.

We were -- we've been waiting for 18 months for change. We haven't seen change. Not only that, President Barack Obama has deported more people in his first year in office than George W. Bush in his last year in office.

And the speech last Thursday I think was a good speech, even a great speech at some point, but we needed action. He could have stopped deportations for students. He could have stopped deportations for the parents of U.S. citizens. He could have called for a bipartisan meeting at the White House. He could have been much more specific on an immigration bill, and -- and he wasn't.

Now, let's -- let's be clear. I mean, he doesn't have the 60 votes in the Senate right now. So there's really nothing he -- he can do.

But I wish he could have moved earlier, I mean, when he had the 60 votes in -- in the Senate. And the consequences politically are huge. He -- the Hispanic community is -- is really disillusioned, is very frustrated. Sixty-nine percent of the Latinos supported President Barack Obama last January, and now it's only 57 percent.

TAPPER: In the latest Gallup poll.

RAMOS: In the latest Gallup poll. So -- so -- so something is -- is -- is (inaudible) he promised change, and change is not here.

TAPPER: Al, why is President Obama bringing this issue up now?

HUNT: To frame it for November, because -- and to at least address part of what Jorge said, that I care, that this is an issue that matters to me. Look, his docket was full. I -- I have some sympathy for him. I mean, if he was going to do immigration, he has to either -- either give up on health care -- I mean...

RAMOS: No, he (inaudible) his promise. Nobody forced him to promise.

HUNT: No -- no -- no question.

RAMOS: He got 67 percent of the Hispanic vote.

HUNT: I just don't think the politics are there to load the dockets will all that. And I think now it's being brought up not because there's any legislative chance -- there is none -- but it is to frame the debate for the November elections. And I think the -- Obama hopes that this will energize and get back some of that 12 percent that he's lost among Hispanic voters. The Republicans are counting on the anger of people out there.

I must say, John McCain, in his interview with you, Jake, that was extraordinary to say that crime is up there. He's talking about Mexico. Crime is down in Arizona. Every single academic study that's been done shows that immigrants commit fewer crimes.

RAMOS: That's right.

HUNT: We have a system where there are now three-and-a-half-fold more illegal immigrants than there were 20 years ago. It's a system that's broke. And for John McCain to say that there's been a dramatic change just simply is not the case.

TAPPER: Dan, Republicans say that the president is bringing this up for cynical reasons, to drum up Hispanic voters.

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