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Obama’s speech at NCLR Convention: Then and Now

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Today, President Obama spoke at the National Council of La Raza conference in Washington DC.  Watching his speech you couldn’t help but be nostalgic for the comments made by Candidate Obama back in 2008.

Like, remember when he said “I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a President who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular.”   He said it with such conviction and the crowd went crazy.  Those were the days…

Or the time he said, “the system isn’t working when… communities are terrorized by ICE immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing, when people are detained without access to legal counsel.  When all that’s happening, the system just isn’t working.”  How right he was, and yet who would have thought that his administration would end up deportating more people than any previous president.

He also said on that day in July almost exactly three years ago that, “I’m not taking a single Latino vote for granted in this campaign” and maybe his appearance at the NCLR conference shows that he has kept his word on a few things.  But President Obama is going to need to do a lot more than show up a the NCLR conference to ensure that Latinos come out for him in 2012.

At one point in his 2008 speech Obama said, “I know that sometimes, you get tired. Sometimes, you start to lose heart. You start to feel like you’re walking that long, hard road alone – like no one sees the sacrifices you make or appreciates the services you provide.  But I know how hard you’re working. I know the difference you’re making in our communities. And I’m here today to make you this promise: I will be a President who stands with you, and fights for you, and walks with you every step of the way.”

He got one thing right: the immigrant rights movement is making a difference in our communities and we do indeed know how to work hard.   That’s what the Change Take Courage campaign is all about.

We’ve also come to recognize that his administration can be doing a lot more to bring relief to millions of immigrants in this country.   So make the call today and tell President Obama to stop deporting non-criminal immigrants:

866-957-2612 (English)
866-794-6052 (Spanish)

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