As President Obama gave his first speech on Immigration Reform today at American University in Washington, D.C, a group of immigrants' advocates, The Coalition for Humane Immigrants' Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), watched from across the continent.
They listened as the president called the current system, "broken and dangerous," then called on Republicans to stop putting up roadblocks to reform.
“Once we get past the two poles of this debate, it becomes possible to shape a practical, common-sense approach that reflects our heritage and our values. Such an approach demands accountability from everybody, from government, from businesses, and from individuals,” the President said.
After the speech the Coalition posted comments on its website praising Mr. Obama for his commitment to go beyond politics .
"We applaud the President of the United States for standing before the American people today and remind us of our nation’s proud immigrant heritage and the responsibility we all share to tackle the dangerously broken immigration system. We are heartened by the President’s tone when calling Americans, businesses, Republicans, Democrats, faith leaders, and immigrants to collectively address this issue for political, economic, and moral imperatives,” CHIRLA wrote.
They also said they were encouraged by the President’s call for a pathway to citizenship, but were disappointed that his speech did not contain many specifics