Immigration reform is a hot button issue, and for a long time, activist groups have gone after Republicans in Congress to try and push the issue forward. Now, as many are getting angry that more progress has yet to be made, immigration reform activists are turning their crusade against the Obama Administration.
Immigrant rights groups are criticizing the President for not taking a tougher stance on reform, and they want him to act now.
“We are holding the Democrats and the president responsible as well,” said Marisa Franco, of the Not One More Deportation campaign “We don’t think the only way to go is to just pressure the Republicans, because the fact of the matter is Democrats have also benefited from having this issue be a political issue for a long time.”
Other groups are calling on supporters to take action by pressuring politicians on both sides of the aisle.
“Make a determined and honest effort to reach across the aisle to moderate Republicans and make something happen,” said the Dream Action Coalition. “Make phone calls to the speaker and Republican leadership on immigration. Organize meetings in the White House with the Republican rank-and-file.”
It seems that the President has started to pay the issue more attention in just the last day, though. He spoke out about immigration reform on Thursday, saying that “we’ve kicked this particular can down the road for too long,” and that they need to finally fix the United States’ “broken immigration system.”
“I expect us to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system,” assured the President.
It’s not clear whether increased pressure from activists finally made an impact, but in any case, immigration rights groups are probably taking the president’s words with a grain of salt.