President Obama is headed to the border town of El Paso, Texas today and is scheduled to speak on the fate of the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. It has been more than ten months since Obama gave his first big policy speech on immigration at the American University in Washington, where he stressed an administrative policy of border control and easing immigration proceedings for legal immigrants. But the Latino community is waiting to hear whether recent behind-the-scenes meetings have led to a more encompassing framework for federal immigration reform — one of Obama's campaign promises back in 2008.
Norma Mendoza, assistant professor of marketing in at the University of Texas at El Paso, is a Mexican citizen who grew up across the border in Juarez. She will be in the audience listening to Obama and says she still has hope that he will tackle immigration reform before the end of his term. Also joining us is Bob Cook, president of the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. He says that immigration is an economic issue.