State of South Florida
7:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Obama's Immigration Remarks In State Of The Union Not Enough, Locals Say

 

Immigration reform leaders gathered at La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to watch the State of the Union.
Immigration reform leaders gathered at La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to watch the State of the Union.
Credit Laguardia Cross / 1Miami

More than a dozen people crowded the Salvadorean restaurant La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to hear President Obama's remarks on immigration reform during his State of the Union address Tuesday.

They were part of a community forum with a focus on immigration reform and equal rights. After the address, there was mostly disappointment among the crowd.

"There was barely a mention of immigration reform. ... There was nothing that he said that pointed in that direction and we are all very disappointed about it," said Camilo Mejilla, one of the organizers. 

Undocumented immigrant Mayra Rubio Limon, a South Floridian, was invited to the address by Rep. Joe Garcia, a Democrat who supports immigration reform.

Rubio Limon is a Miami Dade College freshman who grew up in Homestead. Her parents brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was 3 months old.

She has been a vocal supporter of the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who come here as children and go on to graduate from U.S. schools.

"Overall I thought it was a great speech," Rubio Limon says. "I think Obama hit the points that everyone was wanting to hear. But of course I was really wanting to hear what he had to say on immigration. He basically reiterated what he had already said. ... I'm very thankful, but words are words. I want action."