Many people claim the economic crisis and fixing immigration are incompatible issues or competing priorities. Others point to the fact that President Obama has been relatively silent on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform since taking office. Well, yesterday he spoke loud and clear about his intentions to address immigration in 2009 in relationship to the ailing economy.
Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus yesterday and let them know he will work with Congress to move forward this year. He also spoke at a town hall meeting yesterday in Costa Mesa, California, and laid out his perspective on what practical comprehensive reform means to his administration.
You can read the full text of his speech here.
Allison Johnson is the campaign coordinator for Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR).