Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obama's Remarks On Immigration During State Of The Union Address

President Barack H. Obama addressed the nation and the U.S. Congress.

By The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
January 27, 2011

Washington D.C. (HNNUSA) - On Tuesday, President Barack H. Obama during his remarks to the nation in the State of the Union address included a point about education and undocumented immigrants. Obama said, "Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens.  Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet they live every day with the threat of deportation.  Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities.  But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us.  It makes no sense.
I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration.  And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.  I know that debate will be difficult.  I know it will take time.  But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort.  And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business, who could be further enriching this nation."

Immigration & Winning the Future

In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out his vision for winning ou future.  Part of accomplishing  this important goal means fixing our nation’s broken immigration system.  The President again reiterated his deep commitment to addressing this issue because it’s critical to strengthening our global competitivenes and boosting our economy. Last July, the President outlined his vision for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability.

  • Continue to make border security the responsibility and priority of the federal government
  • Hold accountable businesses that break the law by exploiting undocumented workers
  • Make those living in the United States illegally take responsibility for their actions and
  • Strengthen our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that meets our diverse needs.

Over the last two years, the President has taken his responsibility to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders very seriously.  This Administration dedicated unprecedented resources to secure our borders, implemented smarter, more strategic interior and worksite enforcement policies, and improved our legal immigration system.
In FY 2010 the Administration increased the number of convicted criminals removed from our country by more than 23,000,  which represents more than 70 percent increase from the previous Administration.
Additionally, we have more than doubled the number of worksite enforcement investigations conducted in FY 2010 as compared to FY 2008. These investigations have led to millions of dollars of fines levied against employers who have violated immigration laws. We have also improved our legal immigration system by reducing backlogs of immigration applications and devoting critical funding to promote innovative citizenship preparation and integration programs in communities throughout the country.
In his State of the Union address, the President called on Republicans and Democrats to issues confronting our nation.
He acknowledged that the debate will not be easy but the American people expect their leaders to come together to tackle the important issues confronting our nation. Winning the future and building a competitive America demands an immigration system that works.
We need comprehensive immigration reform that respects our nation’s laws while continuing our rich tradition as a nation of immigrants and that strengthens our effort to secure our borders while allowing immigrants to contribute fully to our country and our economy.  In the coming weeks, that’s the consensus the President and his Administration will seek to build.

For President Barack H. Obama's complete speech on Tuesday during the State of the Union address go to link at:

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