If President Obama’s first term could be defined by anything, it would be of empty promises and of a rhetoric riddled with contradictions. Nowhere was this most evident than in the consecutive failed attempts to implement prosecutorial discretion for those facing deportation. On the one hand, the administration issued memorandum after memorandum promising reprieve to low-priority deportation cases. On the other, the deportation of low-priority cases,with immigrants being deported for traffic violations and immigration offenses, proved that the memorandums held no teeth.
However, the turnout from Latinos during the 2012 elections was supposed to change everything. For the first time in four years, Republicans woke up to the changing demographics of this country. As a result, President Obama could no longer place the blame on Republicans for the federal inaction on immigration.