President Obama said it’s not him or Democrats who are holding up comprehensive immigration reform, it’s Republicans. The president emphasized at remarks to the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C. Monday.
“[F]eel free to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on Democrats. But here’s the only thing you should know. The Democrats and your President are with you. Don’t get confused about that. Remember who it is that we need to move in order to actually change the laws,” he said.
Obama told the group there is “unfinished business” and that “I promised you I would work tirelessly to fix our broken immigration system and make the DREAM Act a reality.” The DREAM Act, which would give citizenship to children of immigrants who are in college or serving in the military, failed in the Senate last year and has not had success moving forward yet in 2011.
“Believe me…the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting,” he said, adding because that’s not how things work with the constitution.
“Yes you can, Yes you can!,” the crowd chanted in response.
“So let’s be honest. I need a dance partner here — and the floor is empty,” he added.
The president noted, what he sees as problems in the system – that America allows “best and the brightest” to study, but then asks them to leave, that it “tolerates” immigrants and business that break rules, and punishes those that follow.