Some Fresno residents skeptical on Immigration Reform
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Wednesday's announcement from President Obama regarding immigration reform is something many people in the valley have waited to hear for a very long time. But, some remain skeptical, saying President Obama's statement might not have the actions to back it up.
Lily Chacom of Fresno spent Cinco de Mayo at Fresno City Hall where a hand-drawn portrait of herself and other former illegal immigrants is on display in an art exhibit called "Wetback." Artist Marcos Dorado created the exhibit to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to this country.
"Well, I feel very honored to be part of it. I think it's such an exciting thing that hes doing and he sheds a lot of light on our history and our people."
Like many in the Hispanic community, Chacom has payed closed attention to Arizona's new immigration law. Ultimately, she hopes for universal immigration reform -- something President Obama said Wednesday he'll begin working on this year.
"The way to fix our broken system is through common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform," said President Barak Obama.
"Well, I think it's great, I think it's overdue, and with all of the problems in Arizona, it's a problem that needs to be addressed," said Chacom.
But Leonel Flores, who helped organize Saturday's May Day rally in Downtown Fresno, is not satisfied with the president's remarks. He says this time; actions need to speak louder than words. "He said that during the presidential campaign& and he said the same today. We want to see actions and actions is not only talk."
President Obama made no mention of any specific immigration reform plans Wednesday.
Meanwhile, activists here in the valley recently sent a letter to the Fresno City Council asking them to publicly condemn Arizona's law and announce a proclamation in support of federal immigration reform. But, at this point, the council has not made any official announcements on the issue.
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