Administration’s Recent Actions Cast Shadow on President’s Immigration Legacy

Communications Associate

January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tonight President Obama will give his final State of the Union address, followed by GOP rebuttals from Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) in English and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) in Spanish.

The president has announced that his speech will focus largely on themes of his presidency rather than a specific legislative agenda. Immigration is sure to be one focus.

But the speech comes in the midst of the administration’s enforcement raids focusing on families and children from Central America.

“Some of the First Lady’s guests for the evening reflect the administration’s calls for humane and effective immigration reform, but the recent raids cast a pall,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Leading with compassion means assisting refugees and asylum seekers, no matter where they were born. These are deep-rooted American values.

“Going forward, we need both President Obama and Congress to address the need for a comprehensive, humane and effective system for welcoming immigrants, including refugees, to our country. America is better when we lead with freedom, not fear.”