We’ll be bringing you responses from different organizations to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address throughout the day.
Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network statement focuses on the President’s immigration comments.
“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.”
According to their mission statement, NDLON aspires to live in a world of diverse communities where day laborers live with full rights and responsibilities in an environment of mutual respect, peace, harmony and justice.