President Obama issued an impassioned call Monday for Congress to pass immigration reform during a visit to San Francisco that – in true city-by-the-bay fashion – included everything from a nod to Batkid to an exchange with a protester who pleaded with him to halt all immigrant deportations.
Obama’s frank conversation with the protester came during an invitation-only address before 400 people at a Chinatown recreation center. Later, at a sold-out fundraiser at the SFJazz Center, the president again found himself in conversation with a shouting audience member who urged him to bypass congressional Republicans and use executive orders to accomplish major reforms.
In both cases, Obama delivered a sobering message: “There’s no shortcut to democracy” and work on such important issues will be hard. But, as he told the fundraiser audience, “we have to keep pushing.”
Obama opened his five-hour visit to the city at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center, hoping to jump-start a comprehensive immigration reform package that has passed the Senate but stalled in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle