Rep. G. K. Butterfield, the next chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, joined Roland Martin Thursday on “NewsOne Now” to talk about President Barack Obama’s plan to use an executive order to institute immigration reform and the President’s upcoming address to the nation.
When asked if Pres. Obama should wait for Congress to act on immigration reform, Rep. Butterfield said, “The immigration system in America is broken and President Obama has deferred to Congress time and time again trying to invite congressional action and that has failed.”
“Speaker Boehner just refuses to bring the Senate immigration bill to the floor for a vote.” Butterfield said, “The President cannot continue to wait while 11 and 12 million people live in the shadows.”
Martin asked Mr. Butterfield what would he say to those African Americans who believe President Obama’s action on immigration reform will hurt Black employment. Butterfield told Martin many of the 12 million undocumented individuals in this country are “children and families, they’ve been here for years and years. American is the only country that they know. They do the jobs everyday [and] they do the jobs well. They work at our hotels and on the coast line doing the fishing, the shrimping and the boating and all of that.” Butterfield added, “We’ve got to find a way to provide a safety net and a path to citizenship for many of these individuals.”
Watch the video clip above to see what else Rep. G. K. Butterfield had to say about President Barack Obama’s plans for using an executive order on immigration reform and let us know if you think the President’s action will adversely impact African American employment.
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