On January 28th as President Barak Obama gave his State of the Union address, Americans looked on with expectations. Hispanics in particular were looking forward to a definitive statement [es] in regards to the broken immigration system. Last year the issue became laggard due to events that required greater priority, such as the government shutdown and the crisis in Syria.
On this occasion, Obama resumed the matter in a more succinct fashion. He insisted the lower house to approve an immigration reform that would allow the legalization of more than 11 million undocumented workers living in the United States. Independent economists agree with the president. They indicate that immigration reform would help the economic slump by reducing its deficit to almost $1,000 million in the next two weeks [es]. The president added that many people “come here to make their dreams a reality (studying, inventing, and contributing to our culture). They make our country more attractive to businesses.
Nevertheless, the speech left pro-immigrant activists unsatisfied. In addition to Obama’s failure to provide any concrete solutions, they also asserted that the same rhetoric has been used for years. Examples of this can be seen on Twitter:
5 años de lo mismo: @lorellaluciana critica discurso de #Obama sobre #inmigración http://t.co/NZLzTvCq1F#SOTU pic.twitter.com/6sCP0DMVC7— Democracy Now! Es (@DemocracyNowEs) January 29, 2014
— RI4A (@RI4A) January 29, 2014
— Detention Watch (@DetentionWatch) January 29, 2014
— DreamActivist (@DreamAct) January 29, 2014
The Republican response to Obama's speech in Spanish corresponded to representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She, along with the president, recognized the flaws within the immigration system. As a result, a sort of conclave amongst republicans has taken place in order to analyze the differing positions in regards to immigration reform. Some of their proposals have generated mixed opinions [Es]. These include the possibility of legalizing the status of undocumented workers, nevertheless being incapable of obtaining citizenship.