President Obama visited San Francisco this week, where he spoke about immigration reform during a scheduled speech to a small crowd of 400 people. At a fundraiser afterwards, Obama again found himself dealing with a heckler, and his answer was the same both times.
“There’s not shortcut to democracy,” he stated. “We have to keep pushing.”
He was interrupted by a man who stood on some risers behind the president and demanded that Obama use his power to end deportations once and for all. The President’s staff was about to remove the man from the stands, but Obama stopped them, saying he respected the passion.
Then he turned and addressed the young man directly, saying “If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. And what I’m proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic processes to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve. But it won’t be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done.”
Obama’s words were a sobering reminder of the fact that, though we may be on the same side in favor of immigration reform, and while we may become frustrated quite easily, Obama does not have unlimited power and certain things must be done a certain way. There’s a process, and as long as we band together with support for one another, we’ll make it to the end.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants