Obama Outlines Immigration Reform (full video)


At American University today, President Obama outlines a roadmap for immigration reform that includes holding businesses, illegal immigrants responsible and fixing the broken legal immigration system.Twitter log by Susan Maricle

09:15:41;00
Obama: We can face our problems with determination or consign our families/children to a less secure future.

09:17:32;00
Obama on #immigration: “This administration will not just kick the can down the road” ;
09:18:39;00
Obama: We have always defined ourselves as a nation of #immigrants. Einstein, Tesla, Carnegie are among them.

09:20:19;00
Obama: we reap incredible economic rewards because we are a magnet for the best/brightest around the world #immigration

09:22:09;00
#Immigrants have helped to build/defend country, bring youth to our workforce. Obama

09:23:36;00
Every wave of #immigration, though, comes with challenges. Especially during economic upheaval. It is up to us to fix the system: Obama.

09:24:31;00
An estimated 11 mil undocumented #immigrants in US. The majority seek a better life. They live in shadows, subject to unscrupulous practices

09:25:30;00
Obama: Billions in tax $ lost b/c many undoc. #immigrants are paid under table. Patchwork fixes mean immigration system as broken as borders

09:27:47;00
Obama: The system’s broken. Reform held hostage 2 political posturing, special interests who say wrangling w/ a thorny issue = bad politics

09:29:50;00
Obama: AZ #immigration law unenforceable, puts undue strain on budgets, penalizes citizens, builds barriers between citizens/law enforcement

09:32:23;00
Obama: Deporting 11 mil #immigrants “Logistically impossible, wildly expensive” . Also they are woven into fabric of society

09:34:38;00
Pres. Obama: The southern border is more secure than at any time in 20 yrs. But more work still to be done.  #immigrants

09:36:14;00
Obama: Borders 2 too vast to be solved only with fences & border patrols. Businesses must be held accountable for hiring undoc. #immigrants

09:38:16;00
Obama: Responsibility needed from #immigrants living here illegally. Fine paid, English learned, taxes paid. Citizenship = responsibilities

09:39:24;00
We should stop punishing young people for their parents’ actions. The DREAM Act would help: Obama on #immigration

09:40:41;00
Pres. Obama cites bipartisan efforts on #immigration reform, mentions Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer,

09:42:21;00
#Immigration reform: not just a legal issue but a moral imperative. Has been used to demonize & divide. Needs bipartisan support to repair.

09:43:13;00
Obama: I believe we can put politics aside and develop an #immigration policy that appeals to hopes, not fears.

09:46:53;00
On #immigration reform, Pres. Obama cites poet Emma Lazarus, whose words appear on the Statue of Liberty plaque. 

09:47:17;00
The Obama speech has concluded.

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