The Spanish-language press leads today’s news with coverage of the immigration speech President Barack Obama delivered yesterday from American University in Washington. Meanwhile, a law requiring businesses to check employees’ immigration status went into effect in South Carolina yesterday, and police officers in Arizona are getting ready to enforce SB 1070.
Obama speech. Throughout reaction pieces to the speech, activists and analysts praise Obama’s rhetoric but emphasize that action is needed to move the issue forward. ImpreMedia runs the article “Obama: good words that need action.” La Opinión’s (Los Angeles) editorial about the speech is headlined “Words aren’t enough.” The magazine Contacto publishes the commentary “Immigration reform: hopes and failures.” AOL Latino reprints a column by Maribel Hastings of America’s Voice entitled “Bravery and political will: That’s the question.”