Fashioning the future of Latinos framed a celebration of the heritage of the nation’s Hispanics at a celebration at the residence of Vice President Joe Biden. Ticking off education and school population statistics on Hispanic children, Biden asked attendees of the celebration to imagine a future in which the opportunities for Hispanic students did not change exponentially. “It would change the country negatively,” he said in remarks at the celebration Monday night, according to a White House pool report. “If we are smart enough to accommodate the brilliance and potential of the Hispanic community, we have the ability to literally change the country,” Biden said.
Biden also predicted possible congressional action on immigration reform after the election, when the House and Senate return for a lame duck session. If not, "the president's going to do it and he's going to do an awful lot," he said. “I can tell you when this election (is) over in the lame duck session, they just may see the Lord. It is possible. But if they don’t they will see some lightning,” Biden said. The president attended the event but made his appearance after media had to leave the reception, the pool report said.