Vice President Joe Biden was commencement speaker at one of the Miami Dade College graduation ceremonies this past Saturday.
The ceremony for about 2,000 graduates of the Homestead and InterAmerican campuses was held at the Kendall campus.
Biden spoke for about 15 minutes, mostly about immigration reform. He says it takes courage for immigrants to leave everything they know behind, and go to a country where they may not even know the language.
More than a dozen people crowded the Salvadorean restaurant La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to hear President Obama's remarks on immigration reform during his State of the Union address Tuesday.
They were part of a community forum with a focus on immigration reform and equal rights. After the address, there was mostly disappointment among the crowd.
"There was barely a mention of immigration reform. ... There was nothing that he said that pointed in that direction and we are all very disappointed about it," said Camilo Mejilla, one of the organizers.
In Washington last week, the U.S. House of Representatives made it clear that immigration reform is dead in 2013. But in Miami this week, immigrant advocates made it clear that they intend to press on, with or without reform.
At the National Immigrant Integration Conference -- which concludes Tuesday at the downtown Hilton with a mass swearing in of new U.S. citizens -- hundreds of government, business and NGO leaders discussed ways to better usher immigrants into America’s mainstream.
09/04/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents is with policy expert and Senior Fellow Alvaro Llosa, author of GLOBAL CROSSINGS: Immigration, Civilization, and America. He’s been an op-ed page editor and Miami Herald columnist as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He ponders how America has gone from a “nation of immigrants,” to become skeptical, even critical of receiving others on our shores and borders. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.