(CNN) - The immigration debate took center stage Thursday as U.S. President Barack Obama fielded questions in a forum broadcast live online by the Spanish-language Univision network.
"I want you to acknowledge that you did not keep your promise," co-host Jorge Ramos said in Spanish, noting that the president didn't deliver on his 2008 campaign pledge to push immigration reform during the first year of his term.
Obama said the first year of his term was consumed by efforts to help the economy and stop the country from going into another Great Depression.
And Republican political opponents, he said, kept many significant immigration measures from getting off the ground.
This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas responds to President Obama's statement on immigration, saying it was 'important' for the President to make the admission.
“It’s important that in this particular forum, he admitted that it was a failure. And he explained why he wasn’t able to make it...to approve and have that immigration reform in the first year,” Salinas says.