“Congress still needs to step up and ultimately pass comprehensive immigration reform,” President Barack Obama stated during a Cinco de Mayo event at the White House yesterday.

Despite the fact that legislators seem disinterested in pushing for immigration reform this year, Obama has noted that “we’re not just going to stop now” in his continued efforts to get meaningful reforms enacted.

“Progress Is Not Always a Straight Line,” Obama Notes…

mexican immigration to USA graphic
mexican immigration to USA graphic

The President’s immigration agenda has been met with various challenges and obstacles throughout his term, with the most recent being the ongoing lawsuit that has stalled the immigration executive action. In this case, 26 states being led by Texas are attempting to permanently blog the executive action that would provide deportation relief to millions of undocumented people who are currently in the U.S.

As this fierce battle wages on in federal courts, Obama seems to be keeping the hope and optimism alive, as he noted at yesterday’s the Cinco de Mayo gathering that:

  • The immigration executive action was “within my legal authority to make our immigration system fairer, smarter and more just.”
  • “Progress is not always a straight line. Sometime we have to take this turn or that turn… The good news is the American people are with us.”

Whether, however, the judges hearing the oral arguments for the pending federal lawsuit will be on Obama’s side remains to be seen.

Additionally, another wrinkle in the progress of meaningful immigration reform may end up being the upcoming presidential elections in the U.S., as either party may be hesitant to make any big, controversial moves so close to an election year.

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