Obama Promises Process Instead of Urgency on Reform this Year
Washington, DC – At a White House reception celebrating Cinco De Mayo last night, President Barack Obama deflated momentum on the prospects of immigration reform in the near future, stating only that he wants to “begin work this year” on reform and warning the audience that securing the legislation will be difficult.
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“We need bold and immediate leadership from the President if we are to have a chance to enact comprehensive immigration reform this year. Arizona just declared open season on Latino immigrants, more than a half million people took to the streets this past Saturday to protest the inaction in Washington, Senate Democrats have stepped up with a centrist and serious reform proposal, and the window of opportunity for legislative movement before the mid-terms is about to close. And what the President wants is a process? This is a prescription for delay not deliverance.
None other than pundit Chris Matthews ‘gets it’ more than the President. Last night he said now is the time for politicians seeking re-election in the fall to “get serious about immigration reform” and asked pointedly, “Why is it so hard to do what’s so plainly right? What the American people, most of us, clearly want done.”
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