A member of the House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that Latinos view President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPoll: US favorability in world falls under Trump Dems face identity crisis Inspector general report: Park Service did not change records of crowd size at inauguration MORE with "suspicion" for failing to meet expectations.


Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraMajor progressive group rolls out first incumbent House endorsement California restricts state travel to Texas, other states over LGBT laws Gingrich: Media was right, special elections were a referendum MORE (Calif.), the House Democratic Caucus vice chairman, offered stern words for Obama, saying that the Latino population wants to see more from the White House on issues that are important to them.

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"I think there’s a lot of suspicion, a lot of doubt, a lot of concern," he said on KPCC Radio of Obama's image among Latinos. "The president made a promise. He hasn’t fulfilled that promise. Rightfully, I think a lot of folks are questioning where the president’s priorities are."

Latino groups have been pressuring Congress and the White House to act on comprehensive immigration reform amid doubts that legislation will be passed this year. 

Becerra's comments are one of the most significant broadsides from a lawmaker against Obama's sway with Latinos.

During the 2008 presidential race, Obama was able to galvanize Latinos into a solid Democratic voting bloc after President George W. Bush attracted a record level of Latino support for a GOP presidential nominee in the 2004 election.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP senator: Don't expect Trump to 'have your back' on healthcare vote Five takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill New CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-S.C.), who has been negotiating immigration reform with the White House and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSenate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Dem senator: Don't bet against McConnell on ObamaCare repeal MORE (D-N.Y.), said last month that the issue is "dead" in the Senate this year because the contentious healthcare debate left Republicans with a sour taste in their mouths. 

The White House rejected that assessment, but said it is necessary to get Republicans on board to pass a bill.

Becerra, whose mother immigrated from Mexico, also expressed disappointment that the new healthcare law does not allow illegal immigrants to buy health insurance on state-run exchanges.

“I think that’s extremely shortsighted, and at the end of the day a cost to the taxpayer," he said. "If you have money and are willing to pay for your care but are told you can’t buy the insurance, guess what? You’re going to end up in the emergency room not able to pay for that care, and who pays? No one but the taxpayer."