The president pitched immigration reform in Las Vegas. From CNN:
During his first term, Obama didn’t push for legislative reforms to the country’s immigration policies, though he did ease rules on deporting young immigrants. The president’s decision allowed some young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to apply for a two-year deferral from deportation.
In a statement, the White House said the president’s goal was to “redouble the administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.”
President repeated that “now is the time” for “action” on immigration reform. The president repeatedly conflated legal and illegal immigration and touted the achievements of immigrants and their additions to the U.S. economy. He reasonably mentioned that something has to be done about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
While Obama describing these immigrants as “living in the shadows,” nobody forced people to immigrate to the United States in defiance of the law. Nobody begrudges anyone the right to seek a better life, as long as he or she is willing to work for it. But there are legal immigration procedures, as painful and as tedious as they are, which are in place to make sure people are loyal to the United States and its Constitutional system of government.