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AU Students Weigh In, Anticipating Obama's Immigration Speech

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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.

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