AU Students Weigh In, Anticipating Obama's Immigration Speech | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

AU Students Weigh In, Anticipating Obama's Immigration Speech

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

President Obama is speaking at American University this morning about the need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Students here at American say they are very excited for the president’s address. Mr. Obama held a rally here during the presidential campaign and many on the campus are still talking about that experience at Bender Arena.

Today’s speech will be different. The venue is much smaller, there will be few students in attendance, and the issue - immigration - is a complicated one that excites passions on both sides of the debate.

Some students here, such as Drew Basee, say they don’t believe the president should be tackling this issue right now.

"Immigration is like super tricky and that’s why I don’t think he should jump into it," he says. "I think he should just stick to energy. But as long as he is going to jump into it, he can’t just give just platitudes because no one is going to be satisfied."

Others though, like Megan Craven, say the need for some type of reform has never been greater, and she hopes the president will offer some concrete solutions.

"My grandfather came through Ellis Island in 1918; I think it’s important to make it a little easier." she says.

The president is scheduled to deliver his remarks at about 11 a.m.

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.