During his annual Labor Day address, President Barack Obama mentioned immigration rights. According to Time magazine, President Obama’s mention of the issue was the first time that he announced his support for the rights of immigrants living in the country.
“Hope is what gives us courage; hope is what gave soldiers courage to storm a beach,” Obama said in his speech. “Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights and workers’ rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigration rights.”
The source stated that the use of the term “immigration rights” appeared to be made spontaneously and was not pre-written into the speech. Currently, President Obama is considering taking executive action on immigration reform after Congress failed to do anything before its August recess.
According to the source, President Obama’s executive action may include extending deferred action to millions of undocumented immigrants who are already living in the U.S.
Some Democrats argue that President Obama can create his legacy as the leader of the free world by addressing the nation’s immigration crisis and coming up with a humane resolution, the Los Angeles Times reported. Experts have asked whether taking executive action on immigration would be President Obama’s legacy or if it would simply decide the next election and potentially hand the White House over to the Republicans.
Presidents who are in their second term typically make bolder decisions since they won’t be up for reelection. The Los Angeles Times stated that several Democrats oppose the idea of President Obama granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants due to the possibility that it may encourage more conservative voters to hit the polls in upcoming midterm elections.
President Obama’s former speech writer Jon Favreau said that the commander in chief “sees immigration as an issue that speaks to a larger theme of his presidency – that our diversity as a nation is strength, not a weakness, and is part of America’s genius,” the source reported.
There is hope for immigrants across the U.S. and President Obama said that he has no doubt the issue will be given the resolution it deserves.