President Obama’s Weekly Address – Immigration Reform
President Obama began this week’s address with a discussion of Friday’s jobs numbers and increased trade with Latin America. Turning to immigration reform, President Obama outlined the goals of a proposal making its way through the Senate. Although this Senate bill does not include everything he wants, the president acknowledged its consistence with his principles on the matter:
In recent weeks, we’ve seen a commonsense immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate. This bill is a compromise, which means that nobody got everything they wanted — including me. But it’s largely consistent with the principles I’ve laid out from the beginning.
It would continue to strengthen security at our borders and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers.
It would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are already in this country illegally.
And it would modernize our legal immigration system so that we’re able to reunite families and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help create good paying jobs and grow our economy. (transcript)
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