Obama Allowed Hecklers To Stay During An Immigration Reform Event, Crowd Applauded
President Barack Obama was at a recreation center in San Francisco, California on Monday to make a pitch for immigration reform. Obama was interrupted by a few hecklers in the middle of his speech.
Ju Hong, a student at San Francisco State, interrupted Obama several times to ask the president to use his powers to stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants. Obama responded, “Actually I don’t, and that is why we are here. Some in the crowd started to chant, “Stop deportation!”
Secret Service agents approached the heckler to have him remove but Obama told them to allow the heckler and other protesters to stay. The crowd applauded Obama for allowing the group to remain.
Finally allowed to continue with his speech, Obama said, “I respect the passion of these young people because they feel deeply about the concerns for their families.” He continued, “Now what you need to know, when I’m speaking as president of the United States, and I come to this community, is that, if in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we are also a nation of law. That’s part of our tradition.” The President added, “The easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violate our laws. What I am proposing is the harder path, which is to use our Democratic processes to achieve the same goal you want to achieve, but it won’t be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done.”
After getting the crowd’s attention, Obama said, “So for those of you who are committed to getting this done, I am going to march with you and fight with you every step of the way to make sure that we are welcoming every striving, hard working immigrant, who sees America the same way we do.”