President Obama’s speech Thursday laid out a new set of priorities for his administration pertaining to comprehensive immigration reform.
The president’s new and controversial agenda brought strong reactions from both sides of the debate in North Carolina, home to 500,000 Hispanics as of 2004 — about 60 percent of whom are either naturalized, have obtained a visa, or are undocumented, according to a 2006 study by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Just three days after three young women ended their hunger strike in downtown Raleigh, a two-week effort to bring attention to the DREAM Act, the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, Obama voiced his support for the act on Thursday.
“We should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents by denying them the chance to stay here and earn an education and contribute their talents to build the country where they’ve grown up,” Obama said in his speech.
“The DREAM Act would do this, and that’s why I supported this bill as a state legislator and as a U.S. senator — and why I continue to support it as president.”