Advocates criticize militarization of US-Mexico border in immigration reform plans
- Year: 2013
- Length: 5:07 minutes (4.69 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
President Obama put forward his own priorities for comprehensive immigration reform, which he said were “very much in line” with the bipartisan Senate outline released on Monday. Obama spoke from Nevada this afternoon. “We've got to fix the system. We have to make sure every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light, so that everybody’s held accountable. Businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law.” Though the President called the Senate efforts “encouraging,” many immigrant rights advocates are voicing criticisms of the plan, which would grant undocumented people a legal, protected status almost immediately, but tie their path to citizenship to measures that further militarize the US-Mexico border. On Capitol Hill, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.