In Border City Talk, Obama Urges G.O.P. to Help Overhaul Immigration Law
By JACKIE CALMES | The New York Times
President Obama came to this border city on Tuesday to argue that he is doing his part to crack down on illegal immigration, and that Republicans must now join him in overhauling the nation’s immigration laws for the millions of workers already here illegally.
President Obama, in El Paso on Tuesday to speak on immigration policy, looked toward the border with Mexico as he toured the Bridge of America Cargo Facility.
Mr. Obama’s speech at a park within sight of the border with Mexico — and a billowing 162-foot-by-93-foot Mexican flag — was heavy with political overtones for 2012 and beyond, given the growing ranks of Latino voters in a number of swing states. He sought to reassure those increasingly frustrated voters of his commitment to liberalizing immigration laws as a moral and economic imperative, and to blame “border security first” Republicans in Congress for his inability to deliver on that promise.
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