WAMC News
6:30 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Push For Immigration Reform

The National Dream Act Coalition is demanding action from Congress and President Barack Obama to stop the foot-dragging on comprehensive immigration reform. The tone of the 11th-hour effort was set by Tuesday's appearance of President Obama on Telemundo.

More than 1,000 people are deported everyday under the Obama administration. Obama told Telemundo that he does not have authority to halt deportations, but advocates should not give up on reform.

Nathan LeBron, Chairman of the Hispanic Coalition of New York, is calling for compromise. LeBron says the opportunity to change history through a comprehensive immigration policy is within reasonable reach.

The Dream Action Coalition held a teleconference late Thursday:  Coordinator Cesar Vargas thinks Obama is oblivious to the needs of the immigrant community.

Carolina Canizales with United We Dream pleads for meaningful immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.

The Dream Act Coalition is mobilizing as many communities around the country are marking the second annual National Welcoming Week, which has the goal of making meaningful connections and a spirit of unity between U-S and foreign-born Americans.

Welcoming week organizer Hendel Leiva says for one day at least, they’ve put a positive spin on immigration. Leiva adds a couple of initiatives are being launched, including a documentary film I Learn America, about New York students adjusting to their new homeland.

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