President Obama was interrupted by a pro-immigration activist today while speaking at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
According to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Obama was advocating a legislative solution to immigration: “It is there within our grasp if we can just get folks in Washington to go ahead and do what needs to be done.”
Moments later, the unidentified activist started yelling, “Our families are separated. I need your help. Thousands of families are being separated!”
“That’s why we’re here,” responded Obama (video below).
“Please use your executive power to halt all deportations for 11.5 million undocumented immigrants!” the activist shouted. “We agree that we need immigration reform, but at the same time, you have a power to stop all deportations.”
A chant of “stop deportations” broke out with the activist and his friends, but Obama asked security to let them stay while he answered, reports Mediaite.com.
“Actually, I don’t,” Obama stated. “The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, I would do so.”
“But we’re also a nation of laws,” Obama continued. “That’s part of our tradition. And, so, the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws.”
“What I’m proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic process to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve,” added Obama. “But it won’t be as easy as just shouting.”