Thursday, January 28, 2010

State of the Union has no room for Immigrants

38 seconds is what immigration reform got. The last issue to be touched before ending his speech.

Talk about commitment. about 7000 words in the President's speech and this is the commitment to immigration reform:

"And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system - to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. "
"I'm putting this only to semi satisfy my 'promise' to pro immigrant groups and latinos; in reality i don't really have a time table or the interest in dealing with this yet. But now you can't say i didnt touch immigration reform in my state of the union address"

Is this the same Obama that during the campaign bragged of how he "marched right with" us in Chicago? The same Obama that said that the DREAM Act could be passed immediately? The same Obama who promised immigration reform in 2009, then again promised it in 2010? The same Obama who has an Aunt that is affected by the very same arcane immigration system that he is maintaining at status quo levels?

I remember watching intently during the 2008 democratic debate, where Jorge Ramos touched upon the immigration debate. Then Candidate Obama made it a point to highlight the urgency of the DREAM Act. He said "I do not want two classes of citizens in this country"

I remember this moment:

I'm really starting to believe in this "change" he was talking about.

Prerna, over at, is right when she says
We should see a Senate bill soon, but whether Congress and the President put all their energy into getting it passed this year is another story for another day. Latinos voted for change when they voted for President Obama. But we should also act like we are hungry for change, rather than sit on our laurels expecting things to fall into place.

For Obama, if this type of failure continues well into 2010, many disgruntled voters will just stay at home come midterm-elections and Democrats will lose more seats due to their unwillingness to pass legislation of great importance to immigrant communities, a growing part of their base.

I sum it up with: what a dissapointment.


  1. Unfortunately there is not much that one can expect from rhetoric and no action. I appreciate your post and think the only way this president will be moved into action is if we move into action and force him to overcome as the late H. Zinn recently wrote in The Nation a "mediocre president--which means, in our time, a dangerous president--unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction."

  2. See? Remember how I told everyone to vote for the other guy because the fucker was just talk and no action?