The president of the National Council of La Raza publicly pressed the White House to stand firm in the face of Republican opposition to executive amnesty, calling it “very important and urgent” that President Obama sign an executive order to legalize millions of illegal immigrants as soon as possible.
Janet Murguia spoke Monday morning about the impending executive action with MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart. The immigration activist claimed that Obama’s decision to delay amnesty until after the election turned Latino voters away from the Democratic party — but added that it’s now all water under the bridge.
“Frankly, we’ve moved on,” she said. “We’re focusing on what the president will announce. And our hope is that he will be bold and that he will announce soon.” Murguia urged the president to not only consider legal status for long-time residents and those with children, but take action that “advances opportunities for others” and “expand categories for DREAMers.”
“Unfortunately, still, [there are] too many families being separated every day,” she said. “We believe it is very important and urgent for the president to act as soon as possible.”