9:49 a.m.
Friday, 21 July 2017

President Obama will grow the efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year

San Diego, California.- Today, the President and Senior Administration Officials met with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system.

The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration's efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year.

President Obama's public swearing-in ceremony on Monday featured poet Richard Blanco reciting a poem specially written for the momentous occasion. Blanco is the first Latino, openly gay man, and youngest person to ever be chosen for the honor of serving as Inaugural Poet. Touching on images from various facets of everyday life -- the rhythm of city streets, the American landscape, and pain of the Newtown massacre -- Blanco's poem, "One Today," offered a message of unity consistent with the President's call to embrace our responsibilities as citizens and work together to "shape the debates of our time."

The Latino presence was felt not only during the swearing-in ceremony but also throughout the 57th Inaugural Parade, which included performances by Ballet Folklórico De La Raza from Colorado Springs, CO, and the Palmview High School Mariachi and Folkloric Group from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Both were among 60 groups from across the country selected to perform in the Inaugural Parade and part of only a handful chosen to air on CNN's live broadcast.

Other events surrounded the celebration of the President's inauguration throughout the weekend. David Simas, who was since named Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy, and Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy, both spoke at "The Futuro: Talks About the Road Ahead," a symposium sponsored by several National Latino organizations. The symposium brought together a multitude of leaders of influential Latino organizations to discuss how to further increase Latino participation in civic life and translate that engagement into a cohesive policy agenda that will improve the lives of Latinos and all Americans.

Another particularly noteworthy event of the weekend was the "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center" hosted by Eva Longoria, which included performances by Rita Moreno, José Feliciano, Chita Rivera and others, with appearances by Marc Anthony, Mario López, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and many more.

In addition to the Inaugural activities, President Obama's second term is well underway. Today the President announced several individuals who will serve in key White House posts, including Miguel Rodriguez, appointed to serve as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs, and David Simas, appointed to serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy. Also this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for President Obama's nominees to the U.S. District Courts. Among the diverse pool of candidates, we wanted to highlight Latino nominees, including:

• Kenneth John Gonzales, Nominee for United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico • Rosemary Márquez, Nominee for United States District Judge for the District of Arizona • Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, Nominee for United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Luis Felipe Restrepo, Nominee for United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Nelson Stephen Román, Nominee for United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York • Analisa Torres, Nominee for United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York

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