Washington, DC – Today, several grassroots and immigrant rights leaders met with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room to establish concrete steps to move comprehensive immigration reform forward. The following is a statement by EunSook Lee, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC).
“We are pleased that President Obama indicated his interest in moving comprehensive immigration reform through Congress. We also recognize that this meeting was in response to the growing concerns voiced by communities across the country about the failures for today’s immigration system. We are clear about what is at stake for our communities and we will continue to work towards a successful national mobilization in Washington, DC on March 21. We are going in the right direction but many more great steps are needed.”
Below is a press statement from the White House and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2010
Statement by the President on Today’s Meetings on Immigration Reform
Today I met with Senators Schumer and Graham and was pleased to learn of their progress in forging a proposal to fix our broken immigration system. I look forward to reviewing their promising framework, and every American should applaud their efforts to reach across party lines and find commonsense answers to one of our most vexing problems. I also heard from a diverse group of grassroots leaders from around the country about the growing coalition that is working to build momentum for this critical issue. I am optimistic that their efforts will contribute to a favorable climate for moving forward. I told both the Senators and the community leaders that my commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering, and that I will continue to be their partner in this important effort.
Immigration Grassroots Negotiate with Obama in White House
Upcoming March for America yields results; President affirms commitment and agrees to next steps
Washington – Today, several grassroots and immigration leaders met with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room to establish concrete steps to move comprehensive immigration reform forward. The following is a statement by Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change. Fair Immigration Reform Movement is a project of the Center.
“The President today heard two messages loud and clear. He heard about the pain caused by the administration’s enforcement only approach to immigration and how it is tearing families apart. He also heard about the possible consequences of breaking his promises to deliver comprehensive reform: a growing backlash in the immigrant and Latino communities.
“We walk away from this very productive meeting optimistic that if the White House follows through on its commitments, comprehensive reform can be achieved this year. Organizers are doing their part. This meeting is the direct result of the tens of thousands of people preparing to march on Washington on the 21st of this month. Now, the President and Congress need to do their part.”