President Tells Radio Bilingüe He Wants to Prevent Family Separations
By Charlie Ericksen
In one of two interviews
directed to reach large Hispanic audiences this past week, President
Obama Feb. 21 addressed the community’s growing concern, as defined by
Radio Bilingüe national
news director Samuel Orosco, that as many as 5,000 Latino children of
detained or deported parents are being warehoused in foster care.
Obama responded that his administration will do “anything we can to prevent those (family) separations.”
Covering a swath of issues,
Obama said Latinos will benefit most from his mortgage refinancing plan
and housing settlements with banks and “regain equity and keep their
homes” because they were disproportionally targeted by subprime lenders.
Orosco also engaged Obama on concerns ranging from joblessness to immigration.
The President promised to
continue pressing Congress to pass the DREAM Act. If Congress won’t move
on immigration reform, “at minimum we should be able to do the DREAM
Act and we should be able to do it this year.”
Interpreted into Spanish, the conversation was rebroadcast Feb. 27 on the network’s
Radio Bilingüe founder
Hugo Morales called the interview “confirmation of the network’s status
as a vital source of national news, the platform for our nation’s
leaders to engage with Latinos.”
The broadcast is one in a multimedia series on Latino civic engagement. Founded in 1977,
Radio Bilingüe is
a Latino controlled non-commercial network. It owns and operates seven
FM public radio stations in California, with programming carried by more
than 100 affiliates nationwide.
On Feb.23, Obama was also interviewed by Los Angeles talk show host Piolín. (See Patricia Guadalupe’s Latino Politics)