Immigration reform advocates urge Obama to take action
May 10th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
7 years ago

Immigration reform advocates urge Obama to take action

(CNN) - Activists on both sides of the immigration debate agree on one thing: The current system doesn't work, and states have stepped in with their own laws because the federal government hasn't done enough.

Some hope President Barack Obama's speech on the issue Tuesday will be a turning point, shifting from talk into action.


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  1. gt

    the problem is mexico ... no jobs ... drugs... lawless thugs run the country ... thats why we have a problem with illegals...

    May 10, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Ryche

    Hmmm. seems ear leader is back to his old self again.. Pandering to one specific group, not for the betterment of the country, but to prostitute for votes... I'd be offended if i wasn't completely appalled..

    May 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as there are elected republicans in any majority, there will be no immigration reform.

    May 10, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Immigration reform is not important to the GOP. Boner will continue to use this issue to fire up his white base. Fire Boner 2012!

    May 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    What ! The Immigration Law doesn't work? Who says that? I understand there is about 8 Million people in the pipeline to become U.S Citizens under current Immigration Law. Sounds like it's working to me.

    What the President should say, Loud and Clear to the illegals here now, If you want to become Citizens there is a process already in place to become a U.S. Citizen. is the only way to become a Citizen. Go find out about it and go thru the process, or go home. The American people are not going to grant anyone Amnesty, period.

    May 10, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    If any immigrant thinks that they can simply bypass the rules and get rewarded for doing so, please get in line for immediate deportation. If you have no respect for the laws of this country, then you will be asked to leave.

    At the same time, we cannot simply relocate millions and millions of people to a country of our choice. That idea makes the assumption that another country is willing to take the immigrants in. And, please, do not tell me jus to send them bvack to where they came from. First, you do not always know where they came from. Second, what happens when the country says they never heard of the person.

    Deporting all of the illegals is simply not a viable option. We need some sort of logistics in place where illegals will be given the option of paying a fine, and back taxes, or being imprisoned and/or deported. Don't cry on my shoulder about how your family is being broken up. If you disagree, I suggest that you re-read the first paragraph above.

    May 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. raingirl2

    ANYTHING SHORT OF ENFORCEMENT will cast this congress and this President in the worst possible light and believe me people at the polls will remember in 2012. The citizens will make this country a living hell for all of us. This is wrong and should be dealt with in accordance with the laws of this land. Obama will regret the unrelenting attention he has given to the hispanic/Latino illegal alien population while ignoring historical serious issues plaguing the legal citizens of this country. We are sick of the treason of this nation by officials elected to represent the legal people of this country. Perhaps Obama wants another war under his political belt. Any thing that looks, smells like amnesty of any form will be met with many angry legal citizens. We don't want votes from those illegals telling us who to put in our elected offices. For those politicians who see things differently and want a lifetime Democratic/Republican job at the expense of throwing the citizens under the bus they will find themselves in the unemployment line come the next election This is the most blatant corruption any politician can commit they are all traitors and should be sent to prison for their crimes. We are sick of the hostile treatment delivered to us by traitors. Enough is enough Illegal is illegal there are no grey areas.

    May 10, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Democrats for a Socialist USA Unite

    Open borders is the answer. No documentation required. If you get here, you're automatically a US citizen. Free healthcare, free food, free shelter, free education, free TVs, free internet,... It is the way it has been and it should not change. And if you disagree you must be a racist.

    May 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    The only action Obama will take is to fling open the gates for a flood of illegals from Mexico to Chile. This country will, for all intent and purposes, become Mexico Norte. The US will cease to exist, drug cartels will move in, in large numbers, crime will be rampant, and no one will be safe anywhere.

    Or, you can stop the illegal traffic. Those are the only 2 real options.

    May 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. diridi

    nab the guys who hire illegals, and non-citizens...stringent immigration...needed.

    May 10, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Steps for more corporate profits for stockholders:
    1. Out-source jobs to another state for cheaper wages and to bust unions
    2. Out-source those same jobs later on to another country
    3. Hire illegal workers willing to work for less pay than American workers
    4. Blame illegal workers, unions….and…the “other” political party.
    5. Demand more tax breaks to create jobs.
    6. Repeat steps 1 thru 5
    .....any questions......

    May 10, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Name

    Problem is most immigrants these days don't want to embrace the American ways and ideals.

    May 10, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |