Obama Celebrates Cinco De Mayo, Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. Obama announced the creation of an independent nonprofit organization that is a spin off his "My Brother's Keeper" program, which works to give young men of color more opportunities …
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President Obama celebrated Cinco De Mayo at the White House yesterday, continuing his administration’s annual tradition of recognizing the Mexican holiday.

Speaking to his guests, Obama reminded them of the close ties the United States has with Mexico, asking them to support comprehensive immigration reform.

“Our prosperity, our security demands comprehensive immigration reform,” he insisted. “That’s the reason I took the actions I did last fall – within my legal authority – to make our immigration system fairer and smarter and more just.”

Obama reaffirmed that he thinks it was the “right thing to do” even though Republicans continued to block comprehensive immigration reform and his most recent executive action on reform are now tied up in the court system.

“I just want to remind everybody that progress is not always a straight line,” he said, in an attempt to encourage the group. “Sometimes you have to take this turn and that turn, and go over this mountain and that valley.”

The president concluded his remarks by toasting his guests and asking them to “go easy on the tequila.”

“So with that, viva los Estados Unidos,” he said. “Viva Mexico! Feliz Cinco de Mayo.”