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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 04:43

President Obama’s Big Speech on Immigration

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President Obama’s big speech on immigration  in Las Vegas at an event where he is asking for sweeping reforms to the United States immigration laws.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

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Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)

 

Thank you. It is good to be back in Las Vegas.

 

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And it is good to be among so many good friends. Let -- let me start off by thanking everybody at Del Sol High School for hosting us.

 

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Go Dragons. Let me especially thank your outstanding principal, Lisa Primos (ph).

 

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There are all kinds of notable guests here, but I just want to mention a few. First of all, our outstanding secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is here.

 

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Our wonderful secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar.

 

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Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

 

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Two of the outstanding members of the congressional delegation from Nevada, Steve Horsford and Dina Titus.

 

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Your own mayor, Carolyn Goodman.

 

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But we also have some mayors that flew in because they know how important the issue we’re going to talk about today is -- Marie Lopez Rogers from Avondale, Arizona...

 

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... Kasim Reed from Atlanta, Georgia...

 

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... Greg Stanton from Phoenix, Arizona...

 

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... and Ashley Swearengin from Fresno, California...

 

(APPLAUSE) ... and all of you are here, as well as some of the top labor leaders in the country, and we are just so grateful -- some outstanding business leaders are here as well. And of course, we’ve got wonderful students here. So I could not be prouder of our students.

 

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Now, those of you who have a seat, feel free to take a seat. I don’t mind.

 

I love you back.

 

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Last week -- last week, I had the honor of being sworn in for a second term as president of the United States.

 

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And during my inaugural address, I talked about how making progress on the defining challenges of our time doesn’t require us to settle every debate or ignore every difference that we may have, but it does require us to find common ground and move forward in common purpose. It requires us to act.

 

I know that some issues will be harder to lift than others. Some debates will be more contentious. That’s to be expected. But the reason I came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling; where a broad consensus is emerging; and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across America.

 

OBAMA: I’m here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform.

 

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The time is now.

 

Now’s the time.

 

Now’s the time.

 

Now’s the time.

 

I’m here because -- I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix the system that’s been broken for way too long. I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity.

 

 

Obama's immigration platform is based on the following principles, according to a fact sheet released by the White House:

 

- Continuing to Strengthen Border Security: President Obama has doubled the number of Border Patrol agents since 2004 and today border security is stronger than it has ever been. But there is more work to do. The President’s proposal gives law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safer from crime. And by enhancing our infrastructure and technology, the President’s proposal continues to strengthen our ability to remove criminals and apprehend and prosecute national security threats.

- Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers: Our businesses should only employ people legally authorized to work in the United States. Businesses that knowingly employ undocumented workers are exploiting the system to gain an advantage over businesses that play by the rules. The President’s proposal is designed to stop these unfair hiring practices and hold these companies accountable. At the same time, this proposal gives employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

- Earned Citizenship: It is just not practical to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants living within our borders. The President’s proposal provides undocumented immigrants a legal way to earn citizenship that will encourage them to come out of the shadows so they can pay their taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else. Immigrants living here illegally must be held responsible for their actions by passing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, going to the back of the line, and learning English before they can earn their citizenship. There will be no uncertainty about their ability to become U.S. citizens if they meet these eligibility criteria. The proposal will also stop punishing innocent young people brought to the country through no fault of their own by their parents and give them a chance to earn their citizenship more quickly if they serve in the military or pursue higher education.

- Streamlining Legal Immigration: Our immigration system should reward anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules. For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient. The President’s proposal attracts the best minds to America by providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to other countries. The President’s proposal will also reunify families in a timely and humane manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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