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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

President Obama missed an important opportunity to do what Latino voters have been asking him to do: set a new course on immigration.

Statement by Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org

Feb. 12, 2013

Presente.org welcomes President Obama's inclusion of immigration reform in his State of the Union speech. President Obama’s recognition that “our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,“ sets a good tone. Yet he missed an important opportunity to do what Latino voters have been asking him to do: set a new course on immigration. Legalizing all 11 million, no less, and finding an expedient pathway to citizenship are not negotiable. Latino voters are demanding that President Obama use his power and bring immediate reform and relief by stopping to divide immigrant families. It is disappointing that the President continues to frame the debate with past "tradeoff" approach making enforcement and "border security," a prerequisite to legalization. The outcome of this approach has resulted in raids against immigrant families and record high deportations. Continuing down this road is unacceptable. Legalization and citizenship must be disconnected from enforcement and border security. We look forward to working with the President and Congress in developing legislation that puts immigrant families at the center of reform.