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Obama defends his immigration speech on Univision
Univision's latest interview with Obama pressed him on his immigration reform speech Tuesday in Texas


President Obama was asked by Univision about his El Paso speech on immigration reform, and the reaction of critics who called it just campaign rhetoric. Here's his answer: "Well I don't know how they can call it campaign rhetoric I've been talking about this since the day after I was elected the first time in 2008. I've been pushing for immigration reform for the past two and a half years. I gave a speech in October of last year about why we needed to get immigration reform done.  I was a champion of getting the Dream Act done and made multiple calls to members of congress and we were able to pass it out of the House and almost passed it out of the Senate during the lame-duck session. So I have been consistent in pushing to get this done. What we haven't gotten is help from the other side of the aisle frankly. The majority of Democrats are supportive of comprehensive immigration reform. The President of the United States wants comprehensive immigration reform. What we haven't had are partners in the Republican Party who are willing to work with us on this issue. Now that wasn't true in 2007, it wasn't true in 2004, at that time we had some bipartisan support. People like Senator McCain were heavily involved in trying to craft a comprehensive bill. And they then walked away from that and said what we need is security at the border first. Well, we've done a lot at the borders. We've now doubled our efforts at the borders. And we've seen much less traffic coming over the borders illegally. Now is the time for us to go ahead and finish the job and my hope is that we'll start  seeing more Republican partners get involved in this issue."
May-13-2011 05:05am


Obama's defends Calderon's effort in drug war
President Obama tells Univision that Mexico's president Calderon is doing a "courageous" job


Univision asked president Obama about Mexico’s partnership in the struggle against drug trafficking which has cost 34,000 lives over the last couple of years.   Here's his answer: "Well, we’re very active working with the Mexican government on that. What we’ve done is to identify ways where we can support Mexican security forces in Mexico to deal with these transnational drug rings that are causing that much violence inside of Mexico. And I think President Calderon has been very courageous in trying to take this on, it’s not an easy thing to do, but he’s doing the right thing and we’ve provided him help, resources, advice, training and we will continue to do as much as we can because Mexico is such an important country to us both in terms of trade but also because obviously we’re neighbors and any violence that is taking place there can potentially have spillover effects here in the United States."
May-13-2011 05:05am