President Obama Not Giving Up on Immigration Reform and Will Fight to Pass The DREAM Act

Jeff Mason of Reuters has a story up on President Barack Obama passionate speech on voter engagement in his article Obama: I'm not walking away from immigration reform.

President Obama gave his speech at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala, and pointed out that any movement on immigration reform would require Republican support.

President Barack Obama assured Hispanics on Wednesday he was not walking away from immigration reform while expressing disappointment that he had not delivered on a 2008 promise to overhaul U.S. policy.

The President used his speech to remind the audience that he was committed to moving forward, and had not forgotten the hard work that Hispanic's had done to get him elected.

"Now, I know that many of you campaigned hard for me, and understandably you're frustrated that we have not been able to move this over the finish line yet. I am too," he told a gala dinner for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, referring to immigration reform.

"But let me be clear: I will not walk away from this fight. My commitment is getting this done as soon as we can. We can't keep kicking this challenge down the road."

This announcement comes as the Senate is set to take up the DREAM Act next week. Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun Times has more:

President Obama, Wednesday night, at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gala:

"Now, the Senate is going to have a chance to do the right thing over the next few weeks when Senator Reid brings the DREAM Act to the floor. (Applause.) Keep in mind, in the past, this was a bill that was supported by a majority of Democrats and Republicans. There's no reason why it shouldn't receive that same kind of bipartisan support today. I've been a supporter since I was in the Senate, and I will do whatever it takes to support the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' efforts to pass this bill so that I can sign it into law on behalf of students seeking a college education and those who wish to serve in our country's uniform. It's the right thing to do. We should get it done."

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has signaled that it supports passing the DREAM Act and has a new strategy for passing Immigration Reform in the fall:

1)      An immediate up or down Senate vote on the DREAM Act with no amendments.  Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated Tuesday this would occur in coming weeks;

2)      Lawmakers called on the Senate to support the comprehensive immigration reform legislation that Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will introduce.   House Members previously introduced such legislation (H.R. 4321, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act) and have already collected support of more than 100 co-sponsors;

 3)      The White House must address the massive toll that deporting 1,100 men, women, and children per day takes on immigrant families.  Lawmakers called on the President to cease the deportation of non-criminals and those who pose no threat to the U.S.; and

4)      Rolling back a Bush-era interpretation of immigration law that gives state and local police "inherent authority" to enforce civil immigration law.  Many state and local police are using this flawed legal analysis to ensnare and deport non-criminals and those who pose no threat to America.

 

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