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‘Qué pasa’ in Immigration: Senior Advisor Says Obama ‘Remains Committed’ to Reform

by Maribel Hastings on 01/29/2010 at 4:30pm

que pasaFor the second day, today’s top story is Hispanic discontent with President Obama’s cursory mention of immigration during his State of the Union address; many outlets also quote Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, assuring Hispanics that Obama remains committed to immigration reform, and report on statements from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), chair of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, that he has met with ex-CNN anchor Lou Dobbs. An EFE article on the last item says that “Democrats seek Lou Dobbs’ help to pass immigration reform” (“Los demócratas buscan la ayuda de Lou Dobbs para lograr una reforma migratoria”).

The agency EFE highlights a roundtable in which senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett assured Hispanic reporters that the president’s commitment to immigration reform has not waned, headlined “Jarrett: Obama maintains a firm commitment to immigration reform” (“Jarrett: Obama mantiene su firme compromiso con la reforma migratoria”).

Jarrett affirmed that Obama had “absolutely no intention of letting immigration get forgotten.” “We’re not willing to give up,”stated Jarrett. “This was true last year and it’s still truer after the elections in Massachusetts.”

 According to the article, Jarrett explained that in order to advance reform, we need the public’s support:

“We have to make sure that we educate the public so they know that this is not just a Latino issue, it’s an issue for all Americans and it’s good for our country and to create jobs…” she explained amongst other things.

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