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Immigration leaders react to Obama's speech

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While some young undocumented individuals, better known as DREAMers, walked away inspired, many people were left motivated by President Barack Obama's immigration speech.

"I can actually see hope in our future now," said Emmanuel Martinez, a DREAMer from Denver, CO.

"Our union was founded by immigrants. It means that finally migrant workers are going to be able to experience the full dignity of the work they do every day and it allows us to imagine how we can get the economy going for everybody," said Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU.

"I liked it because whatever the motivation is it means we are going to have better policies for immigrants and better policies for our country," said Frank Sharry, director of America's Voice.

Even before Obama touched Las Vegas ground, many arrived early and waited to send a message to the commander in chief.

"It's a criminal activity that starts at the border when they came across that border, they broke the laws of this nation. Secondly, they've taken our jobs. They took my job as a carpenter," said Raymod Herrera, president of We the People.

"That group across the street, they don't know the other side. If you look at that group, they are old fashioned, they don't know about the young generations," said James Courtney, an Obama supporter.

While the president addressed the current 11 million aspiring Americans as a debate over people not policy, it left concerns with some leaders.

"It affects every American employer, everyone will have to show documents to prove who they say they are and we are worried about the backlog. We are worried about the potential of discrimination," said Laura Murphy, director of ACLU.

"Each time he named different countries of minorities, he never mentioned any country in Africa," said Christian Nkombengnodo, a member of the Cameroon American Council.

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