Last night during his State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke, as he has before, about the need for comprehensive immigration reform. He also brought up, if not by name, the Dream Act, long-proposed legislation that would grant conditional legal status to undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. before age 16 if they attend college or join the military.
"Send me a law that gives then the chance to earn their citizenship," Obama said. "I will sign it right away." But by and large, Obama's statements regarding immigration didn't draw much excitement. Here are a few snippets of reaction from media and elsewhere.
The immigration portion of the speech was nothing we haven't heard before, wrote Elise Foley in the Huffington Post:
When President Obama's immigration policy staffers gathered to help pen the State of the Union Address passage dedicated to their issue, they didn't have much to work with. Comprehensive immigration reform never came close, and the Dream Act failed. What's a speechwriter to do?
"I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration," Obama said in his Tuesday evening speech.
Indeed, he "strongly believe[d] that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration" last year, according to his State of the Union speech.