Mayor in Washington, D.C.
All eyes are on President Obama as he takes the oath of office for the second time.
This time around leaders across the nation say this term will be different.
“You are going to see a difference. There is alot of Latinos here in Washington for this inauguration. They will leave their mark.”
Laredos Mayor Salinas will witness Obamas swearing in after attending the US Mayoral Conference.
Where he says he also witnessed what appears to be a change on Capitol Hill.
“He knows Latinos played a big role in this election, and he will make sure they are equaly, and fairly represented, and get some of those agendas that impact Latinos passed.
Among those agendas, immigration reform, that gained much attention this week.
Salinas represented the issue as a panel chairman before federal leaders.
“I was on C-SPAN on the panel for one hour and a half, on nationa television, on PBS, Fox, Spanish CNN. We are getting the message.”
A message of dreamers, on the path to citizenship, without criminal records, attending school and paying taxes.
But, it’s not only the President who is listening.
Salinas says this time around democrats and republicans are finally agreeing.
“My republican collegues they say they recognize the Lationo vote. They recognzie the time is now, and its the right thing to do. Ahora es el momento.”