POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 4:49pm
EL PASO - During his speech at Chamizal this afternoon, President Obama pledged to fight for the controversial Dream Act.
The Dream Act was a bill that would have granted citizenship to young illegal immigrants who chose to either study, or serve in the military. It failed to pass through Congress this past December.
While the president said he isn't in the business of separating families, some people in the hispanic community are asking why he didn't push for that measure harder, and sooner.
"This should have happened...in the run up to the Dream Act, actually having its last push as we tried to get this passed. The president should have spoken in a similar way to what we are currently experiencing in El Paso, back then. Not now," said Hector Lopez, from the National Hispanic Institute.
Leaders at NHI also said they question whether immigration reform and measures like the Dream Act will ever be passed.