Obama Travels to Texas to Push for Immigration Law
President Barack Obama will go to Texas on Tuesday to meet with legislators, business executives, Hispanic celebrities, and evangelical leaders to talk about how his administration is working to secure the border. He said that it’s time for Congress to act with regards to the 10.8 million illegal aliens in the country.
Activists are putting the blame on Obama’s administration for not prioritizing the issue. After the President’s speech, part of the fault will switch towards the Republicans who are blocking the legislations.
Majority of the Republicans and some Democrats don’t want President Obama’s measures because they would open a path to citizenship for people who entered the country illegally. The lawmakers said that it would reward those who broke the law.
Those who oppose the president on his immigration legislations also said that the administration hasn’t done enough to secure the nation’s border with Mexico. White House stated that it placed more guards on the southwest border and went after employers who hire undocumented workers.
Obama’s administration has already deported a large number of illegal immigrants, which has angered several Hispanic activists. In 2010 alone, there were 392,000 deported.
President Obama held private meetings with political figures, business leaders and religious leaders in the hopes that it would break the stalemate. He also met with a couple of Hispanic celebrities and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.