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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Quote of the moment: Obama on immigration reform and the DREAM Act

"I am still holding out to see if we can get the DREAM Act passed and AgJOBS passed as part of a broader package so we allow ten to twelve million out there who are living in the shadows to come out and not live in fear.

"Obviously, the DREAM Act would be better than nothing."

- President Barack Obama, speaking on this morning's “Piolín por la Mañana" radio show in Los Angeles


The President's in-studio interview with popular Univision host Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo was taped Friday and aired today. Obama provided the above response as part of his answer when Sotelo asked about Obama's support of the DREAM Act, reintroduced as a stand-alone bill in the Senate after a defense bill it was attached to failed to win enough votes. The proposed legislation would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or enlist in the military.

Immigration reform was a central theme of the interview. Sotelo pressed the President on his support for the comprehensive reforms he promised to make a priority during his 2008 campaign, and the lack of a successful bill to date, a sore spot for some Latino voters.

More highlights from Obama's interview with Sotelo can be found on Politico and The Hill.

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