President Barack Obama met with two Austin, Texas, brothers who heckled him Thursday on immigration reform.
Juan and Mizraim Belman, immigrants living illegally in Austin for 11 years, told the Austin American-Statesman that they were nervous about heckling Obama
but felt they needed to take the opportunity to make their feelings known.
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Mizraim, 16, told the Statesman that “our families can’t wait any more.” As the president spoke about the Republican party’s lack of willingness to work with him, the brothers stood up and started yelling, even though they were sure they’d get kicked out or arrested.
“I’m on your side, man,” the Statesman reported Obama told the two. “Sit down, guys, we’ll talk about it later, I promise.”
Afterwards, Obama met with the Belmans for a couple of minutes, and Juan, 21, said Obama told the brothers he would take executive action if forced to.
“He said he was going to act and keep his word,” Juan Belman, a junior at the University of Texas, told the Statesman. “It is up to us to keep reminding.”
The hot-button immigration reform issue was pushed repeatedly as word of the Belman brothers made the rounds online.
As many comments took on an angry tone, one person who knows Juan Belman spoke up.
“I taught Juan Belman Advanced Placement physics at Travis HS. He is a nice, charming, respectful and brilliant young man. And courageous. One of the best students that I have ever taught. He started UT as an Aerospace Engineering student, but is thinking about law school. President Obama's handling of the heckling was a class act,” the commenter wrote on the Statesman article.
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