After incurring the wrath of Latino groups after he delayed executive action on immigration, President Barack Obama is now trying to mend fences.
The president will be headlining the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) annual awards dinner next week, and observers say he’s doing so to try and repair relations with the Hispanic community, according to The Hill.
It will be the fifth time the president has appeared at the event during the past seven years.
“CHCI is proud to once again welcome President Obama to our 37th Annual Awards Gala on October 2nd,” said Democratic Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Texas in a statement. “His attendance reflects his ongoing commitment to the Latino community and to the future of Latino and Latina leaders that CHCI works so hard to develop each year.”
But the speech comes at a time when groups have either called on Latinos to either sit out the November election or not vote for a Democrat after Obama's recent announcement that he would delay any executive action on immigration until after the elections -- despite pledging to do so by the end of the summer. This led to many of his longtime supporters of accusing him of “playing politics” instead following through with his promises.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) accused Obama of “walking away from our values and our principles.”
“Playing it safe might win an election… but it almost never leads to fairness, to justice and to good public policy that you can be proud of,” Gutierrez said on ABC’s “This Week.”
With his speech, Obama will have the opportunity to explain his decision on the hot button issue.