President Obama: Time to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

President Obama Time to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

In his weekly address June 8, President Obama says that the United States Senate will soon take action to fix what the president has called “our broken immigration system” with a common-sense bill. The president urges the Senate to act quickly to pass this bill so that the United States can continue to live up to its traditions as a nation of laws, and also a nation of immigrants.

The president’s address can be viewed on the White House website. Below is the transcript of the president’s remarks

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Remarks of President Barack Obama
The Weekly Address
Mooresville, North Carolina
June 8, 2013

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Time to Pass Commonsense Immigration Reform

Hi, everybody. In the next few days, America will take an important step towards fixing our broken immigration system. The entire United States Senate will begin debating a commonsense immigration reform bill that has bipartisan support.

See, we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. The promise we find in those who come from every corner of the globe has always been one of our greatest strengths. It’s kept our workforce vibrant and dynamic. It’s kept our businesses on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

But for years, our out-of-date immigration system has actually harmed our economy and threatened our security.

Now, over the past four years, we’ve taken steps to try and patch up some of the worst cracks in the system.

We strengthened security on the southern border by putting more boots on the ground than at any time in our history. And, in part, by using technology more effectively – today, illegal crossings are near their lowest level in decades.

We focused enforcement efforts on criminals who are here illegally – who endanger our communities – and today, we deport more criminals than ever before.

And we took up the cause of “Dreamers,” the young people who were brought to this country as children. We said that if they’re able to meet certain criteria, we’d consider offering them the chance to come out of the shadows so they can continue to work here, and study here, and contribute to our communities legally.

But if we’re going to truly fix a broken system, we need Congress to act in a comprehensive way. And that’s why what’s happening next week is so important.

The bill before the Senate isn’t perfect. It’s a compromise. Nobody will get everything they want – not Democrats, not Republicans, not me. But it is a bill that’s largely consistent with the principles I’ve repeatedly laid out for commonsense immigration reform.

This bill would continue to strengthen security at our borders, increase criminal penalties against smugglers and traffickers, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers. If enacted, it would represent the most ambitious enforcement plan in recent memory.

This bill would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and then going to the back of the line behind everyone who’s playing by the rules and trying to come here legally.

This bill would modernize the legal immigration system so that, alongside training American workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we’re also attracting highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will grow our economy. And so that our people don’t have to wait years before their loved ones are able to join them in this country we love.

That’s what immigration reform looks like. Smarter enforcement. A pathway to earned citizenship. Improvements to the legal immigration system. They’re all commonsense steps. They’ve got broad support – from Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, law enforcement and clergy. So there is no reason that Congress can’t work together to send a bill to my desk by the end of the summer.

We know the opponents of reform are going to do everything they can to prevent that. They’ll try to stoke fear and create division. They’ll try to play politics with an issue that the vast majority of Americans want addressed. And if they succeed, we will lose this chance to finally fix an immigration system that is badly broken.

So if you agree that now is the time for commonsense reform, reach out to your Representatives. Tell them we have to get this done so that everyone is playing by the same rules. Tell them we have the power to do this in a way that lives up to our traditions as a nation of laws, and a nation of immigrants.

In the end, that’s what this is all about. Men and women who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story, just like so many of our ancestors did. Throughout our history, that has only made us stronger. And it’s how we’ll make sure that America’s best days always lie ahead.

Thanks. And have a great weekend.

One Comment

  1. Dave Francis says:

    IT IS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO DECIDE THE FUTURE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS?

    I don’t believe what the U.S. government tells us anymore; especially when they think they are doing us a favor. Before any immigration reform passes, the TRIGGERS must be reintroduced? The 700 mile double layer fence called the 2006 Secure Fence Act and that no loopholes for illegal aliens to gain access to public welfare either federal or State. That Sen. Ron Paul has introduced amendment requiring an annual congressional vote certifying that the U.S. border is secure. That the children of illegal aliens do not get Birthright Citizenship as the parents with 3 to 6 children can collect large cash payments, this being the largest mega cost to taxpayers and should only be claimed by a U.S. citizen child. That employers caught hiring illegal aliens after the implementation of the new upgraded version of E-Verify should receive a mandatory prison sentence. There should be no mitigating circumstances for criminal acts over one misdemeanor and should be deported. I read thousands of comments every day, which does not indicate to me that illegal aliens should receive a Path to Citizenship.

    • What happened behind the Senate closed doors with the presence of unions, the radical La Raza, the U.S. Dept of Commerce the giant agricultural mega companies, technology businesses, pro-immigration organizations and the other special interests lobbyists, who use their bountiful supply of favors to get Congressional bills overturned or changed for their convenience. We can jam their phones at toll-free — 1-888-978-3094—or you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A terminal operator will connect you directly with the Senate office or just about anybody in Congress you request. A few well-meaning Senators who can be trusted are Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Ron Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Coats and a few more, who are heading the list that are fighting for American sovereignty and our rights. Set up your own message on Twitter or Face-book as already the Left is also flooding their misleading socialist agenda. You can reach millions of people on these Social networks, so we can pound away at these furtive politicians. THERE SHOULD NO PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP, EVER. ONLY LEGAL STATUS!

    California: Cash Deficit $3.2 Billion—Total Debt and Deficit=$127Billion

    By Stephen Frank on 06/10/2013 California News and Reports:

    The State Controller must be an admirer of President Obama—neither seems to be willing to tell the full truth about finances. Obama forgets to mentions the jobs “created” are part time; low pay/no benefit jobs. State Controller Chiang forgets to note that the reason we “only” have a $3.2 billion cash deficit is by transferring the debt and deficit to other accounts—at this time per the State Auditor that number is $127 billion. If California was a corporation the SEC would have Chiang, Lockyer and Brown in jail and given the State to a receiving Trustee.

    Be it known to all citizens and legal permanent resident in the United States, that in just Los Angeles County $550 million was incurred for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, welfare, as a total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeding $1.6 billion dollars a year. These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education. The Heritage Foundation in a statement estimated the cost to legalize the 11 million people from cradle to grave, retirement and healthcare will be 6.4 Trillion dollars; that’s if that number is not 20 to 25 million? Each year the 50 states spend on illegal alien welfare $113 Billion dollars. (THESE ARE NOT THE LATEST FIGURES)

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