In his first State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to take action on Immigration Reform in year 2010:
President Obama said:
” And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system, to secure our borders, and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nations. In the end, it’s our ideals, our values that built America, values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe, values that drive our citizens still.”
While many saw such statement as a positive step for advocating immigration reform this year, many others believe that he did not go far enough in speaking about it in the State of the Union and discussing openly the benefits of reform. Other than the statements above (which were less than a minute), immigration reform was not discussed in any other moment of the State of the Union – which lasted over an hour. Some advocates of reform fear that the issue will stay on the back burner for year 2010. Perhaps the President is waiting for the economic and political climate of the country to improve before tackles on the issue.
Let’s hope the Obama administration places importance on the issue this year rather than letting the issue be delayed once again.