Ju Hong courageously interrupts President Obama during his speech on immigration reform and asks for his support to stop the deportation of 11.5 million immigrants in the United States (00:16 via KTVU)
The Daily Californian:
Although the president spoke in favor of reform — saying it would strengthen border control, reduce the national deficit by $850 billion and grow the economy by $1.4 trillion over the next 20 years — Ju Hong, who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012, remained unimpressed.
“My family has been separated for 19 months now,” he cried out. “I need your help … you have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country.”
As members of the Secret Service attempted to remove Hong, the president brushed them away and said he respected the “passion of these young people.”
Obama said, however, that he was unwilling to “violate the law” and act without Congress’ explicit approval, adding that if he could solve these problems without passing laws in Congress, he would.
After the speech, Hong called Obama’s remarks “very disappointing.” Hong, who said he immigrated to the United States from South Korea without documentation at age 11, said Obama’s “political will” was weak.
“He blames Congress but not himself,” Hong said. “He said he’s in full support (of immigration reform), but he’s not doing anything. An executive order is not violating the law.”
Ju shares his thoughts on Facebook:
Mr. President, I did not heckle you. I was speaking the truth to you.
As undocumented immigrants, our power comes through our voice. I believe we deserve much more dignity and respect. You cannot support comprehensive immigration reform while simultaneously deporting thousands of undocumented family members every single day.
We don’t need any more speeches. We need you to take real action.
Once again, I ask you to halt deportations for 11.5 million undocumented family members across the country by using the power of executive order.
Thank you all so much for the overwhelming support. I want to acknowledge and give a huge thanks to ASPIRE - Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education and SF Dream Team for being there to hold President Obama accountable.
Please see our press release here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs123/1103244704062/archive/1115787723119.html.
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Ju Hong everyone; he’s The Beast.