Obama, whose support for immigration reform earned him about 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in last November’s election, is also facing major pressure from the political left, particularly from immigrant rights groups who note that his administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other. The president should “order suspending deportations as the first step to open a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,” said Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “Ceasing the deportation of those he states he wishes to legalize is what will give the president’s speech meaning and what can distinguish it from similar speeches.” Though his blueprint largely mirrored the one offered by lawmakers, Obama vowed to forge ahead with his recommendations if talks break down on Capitol Hill, part of a newly aggressive tone for the second-term president.

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