President Obama Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform
On November 20, President Obama gave a prime time address on one of the most important and controversial topics in the US today: immigration reform. The President addressed cracking down on criminals who have entered the country illegally, but more importantly, he announced a series of measures to grant work permits and temporary reprieves to millions of undocumented immigrants who currently live here illegally.
It’s a crucial stand on immigration and a solution that allows those who have been living in the US for more than 5 years with the constant fear of being caught and deported to “come out of the shadows.” While the president’s deal does not offer citizenship, it does guarantee that these individuals will not be deported if they come forward and “get right with the law.”
Immigration reform has long been a hot-button issue for the Obama administration, and the idea of giving legal status to undocumented immigrants isn’t new. But these new executive actions may finally allow undocumented immigrants a chance to be legitimate, contributing members of society.
Learn more about immigration, particularly as it effects Latinos:
- What every Latina mom needs to know about the immigration debate
- Why you should lobby for immigration reform
- The impact of immigration reform on children