President Obama’s US Immigration Reform Speech Highlights

US Immigration Reform

United States President Barack Obama gave a speech at the National Council of La Raza this week, making several remarks on US immigration reform and gateways to United States Citizenship for illegal aliens living in the country.

Obama also mentioned the DREAM Act, which was blocked in the Senate. The DREAM act would have provided permanent residency to illegal minors based on their active education.

“This country has always been made stronger by our immigrants. That’s what makes America special. We attract talented, dynamic, optimistic people who are continually refreshing our economy and our spirit. And you can see that in urban areas all across the country where communities that may have been hollowed out when manufacturing left, or were having problems because of an aging population, suddenly you see an influx of immigration, and you see streets that were full of boarded-up buildings, suddenly they’re vibrant with life once again. And it’s immigrant populations who are providing that energy and that drive.”

Critics continue to pressure the United States government for immigration reform, but Obama said in his speech he’s doing his best against a wall of opposition.

“So, yes,” the speech continued, “feel free to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on Democrats. But here’s the only thing you should know. The Democrats and your President are with you…Don’t get confused about that. Remember who it is that we need to move in order to actually change the laws.”

The National Council of La Raza is, according to their website, “the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States”.

For President Obama’s full speech on US immigration reform, click here.

 

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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