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Emilio Estefan at the White House for Cinco de Mayo, says Obama is "going to work" on immigration

Weeks after hosting President Barack Obama at his Star Island home, Emilio Estefan is at the White House for Cinco de Mayo. But before he went, he was on CNN, promoting a boycott of Arizona over its immigration law -- and saying he's confident Obama will tackle immigration reform.

"I feel he will do it," Estefan said. "I feel he has a lot of problems, now, in his agenda. But I feel the commitment. I think when he told me that – that it was a priority, that he was going to work, he will do it. I hope so. Because if he doesn’t do it now, we have election in two years – and, you know, people will ask him, why he didn’t deliver his promise."

At the White House -- where the pool report says loud music, "more Miami Beach club music than .. traditional Mexican-style" was playing, Obama said he wants to begin work on immigration reform this year.

"Of course it's going to be tough, but it can be done and it needs to be done," he said. The White House has reached out to some Republicans -- including Florida Sen. George LeMieux --  to see if it can win some bipartisan support.

LeMieux told Naked Politics last month he's willing to be a player; he told Politico that "we’re going to need to see the president get out behind a proposal."

Estefan said he had his 20 minutes with Obama last month and "explained the situation in Cuba, about human rights, everything that’s happening in Cuba, in my country, and to talk to him about the immigration reform – I felt that, really, he was focused, I know he has a lot of problems, he’s going through a lot of things. But he did say that he is going to help."



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I hope the President continues to take political advice from the Estefans; if so, in little more than two years ALL of them will be history.


Thank you Emilio, for representing the non-loud Cuban Americans. You make us proud.

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