Update: President Obama to Address Immigration Reform at Chamizal
POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 8:54am
UPDATED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 1:37pm
EL PASO - Update: According to Congressman Silvestre Reyes' office President Barack Obama will talk about immigration reform when he visits El Paso next Tuesday.
We've also learned he's expected to speak at the Chamizal Memorial.
More details about his visit will be released throughout the day.
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The last time President Obama visited El Paso, he didn't set foot near the border. But, we're expecting that to change next Tuesday.
We know a little more tonight about President Obama's visit to El Paso next week. Border issues are expected to dominate the agenda.
"Second time in a year, this is great for El Paso, this is great for us," said Danny Anchondo, Chairman of the El Paso County Democratic Party.
As thrilled as he is with the President's visit, he's as clueless as the rest of us on what the President will talk about.
Few details on the visit have been released, but the President perhaps left a clue at the White House's Cinco de Mayo dinner.
"I strongly believe that we've got to fix this broken system so that it meets the needs of our 21st century economy and our security needs. I want to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, to enforce our laws and also to address the status of millions of undocumented workers," the President said.
"That's a very big issue for us locally, we do have this problem across the border and it does need to be addressed nationally," Danny Anchondo said.
Whether President Obama will talk about border issues isn't yet known. An aide in Congressman Reyes' office thinks this visit won't be like the last.
President Obama is expected to land at Biggs Airfield right behind me across the street at Fort Bliss. That's exactly what he did when he came to El Paso in August, only during that visit, he never left the base.
Last summer, the President met with troops, just before announcing to the country that combat operations in Iraq were over.
Some El Pasoans were dismayed he never left Fort Bliss, and say it's time for the president to address local topics.
Details about presidential visits are usually vague. The White House keeps it that way due to security concerns, but as soon as we know more, we'll let you know.