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
Obama: We can face our problems with determination or consign our families/children to a less secure future.
Obama on #immigration: “This administration will not just kick the can down the road” ;
Obama: We have always defined ourselves as a nation of #immigrants. Einstein, Tesla, Carnegie are among them.
Obama: we reap incredible economic rewards because we are a magnet for the best/brightest around the world #immigration
#Immigrants have helped to build/defend country, bring youth to our workforce. Obama
Every wave of #immigration, though, comes with challenges. Especially during economic upheaval. It is up to us to fix the system: Obama.
An estimated 11 mil undocumented #immigrants in US. The majority seek a better life. They live in shadows, subject to unscrupulous practices
Obama: Billions in tax $ lost b/c many undoc. #immigrants are paid under table. Patchwork fixes mean immigration system as broken as borders
Obama: The system’s broken. Reform held hostage 2 political posturing, special interests who say wrangling w/ a thorny issue = bad politics
Obama: AZ #immigration law unenforceable, puts undue strain on budgets, penalizes citizens, builds barriers between citizens/law enforcement
Obama: Deporting 11 mil #immigrants “Logistically impossible, wildly expensive” . Also they are woven into fabric of society
Pres. Obama: The southern border is more secure than at any time in 20 yrs. But more work still to be done. #immigrants
Obama: Borders 2 too vast to be solved only with fences & border patrols. Businesses must be held accountable for hiring undoc. #immigrants
Obama: Responsibility needed from #immigrants living here illegally. Fine paid, English learned, taxes paid. Citizenship = responsibilities
We should stop punishing young people for their parents’ actions. The DREAM Act would help: Obama on #immigration
Pres. Obama cites bipartisan efforts on #immigration reform, mentions Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer,
#Immigration reform: not just a legal issue but a moral imperative. Has been used to demonize & divide. Needs bipartisan support to repair.
Obama: I believe we can put politics aside and develop an #immigration policy that appeals to hopes, not fears.
On #immigration reform, Pres. Obama cites poet Emma Lazarus, whose words appear on the Statue of Liberty plaque.
The Obama speech has concluded.