NDLON Response to State of the Union

Calls for a Counterpoint to Republican Rhetoric


January 24, 2012. Washington, DC.
In response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement.
"We are disappointed the President had so little to say about immigration, a topic that is so central to the country's future.  President Obama has become known for the dissonance between his rhetoric and reality on immigration.  In a few short sentences, tonight's speech showed the President's strained attempt to straddle two opposites that cannot be bridged.  He cannot pay lip service to legalization while backing policies that criminalize immigrants.  He cannot offer the Dream Act to students and deportations to their parents. As the Republican debates reach new levels of toxicity, we need a President who will stand as a counterpoint not a compliment to their xenophobic drumbeat. The President has in the past claimed that he feels our community's pain. We'll know he's sincere when he ends the programs that are inflicting it."