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Let's Get This Done - Immigration Text from the State of the Union

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Here are the President's remarks on immigration in the State of the Union. While some pundits on both sides of the issue will complain that the President didn't talk in enough detail about a reform deal, he probably spent more time on the topic of immigration than any President in decades.



To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the
education and training that today's jobs require. But we also have to
make sure that America remains a place where everyone who's willing to
work hard has the chance to get ahead.


Our economy is stronger
when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful
immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law
enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to
pass comprehensive immigration reform.


Real reform means strong
border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has
already made - putting more boots on the southern border than at any
time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest
levels in 40 years.


Real reform means establishing a responsible
pathway to earned citizenship - a path that includes passing a
background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning
English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to
come here legally.


And real reform means fixing the legal
immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and
attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help
create jobs and grow our economy.


In other words, we know what
needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are
working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now
let's get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in
the next few months, and I will sign it right away.


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  1. Jack's Avatar
    "Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship - a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally."

    Of course there's no details because details give away that they are not serious about "earning"--it's just to fool people. E.g., there will be no "requirement" to learn English but it polls well. Now it's "pay taxes" which is misleading considering that many of the eligible would not owe taxes if they filed. We'll see what is in bills but does anyone believe that it will be required that income taxes actually be paid? How would "back taxes" be even be determined? As usual, they think they can sell the amnesty with the window dressing but the window dressing (in actual bills) always turns out to be a joke and they just look they were trying to mislead people with it.
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Now it's "pay taxes" which is misleading considering that many of the eligible would not owe taxes if they filed."

    I believe, your beef is with the tax policy, not with immigration reform.

    So, you admit that 1) these people are working; 2) they probably don't owe anything to the US Government; 3) they would jump at the chance to become Americans; So, you are against it. Wow.
  3. S's Avatar
    Mr O says that "undocumented" should goto back of the line , which line he is talking about? Will they go behind those Filipinos waiting for more than a decade ?
  4. Jack's Avatar
    "the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally."

    S, let's look at that statement: "Trying to come here" means they are not here yet. Thus, to be "behind" the Filipinos (your example) waiting *outside* the U.S., the people Obama is referring to would have to be outside the country and not get into the country legally until every Filipino who's waiting gets in. The reality of CIR is the unlawfully present get insta-residency. Obama's statement is misleading (to put it mildly). It's deceptive political salesmanship: They are trying to create the perception of fairness when it simply isn't fair to those who wait.
  5. voteCIR's Avatar
    "Mr O says that "undocumented" should goto back of the line , which line he is talking about? Will they go behind those Filipinos waiting for more than a decade ?"

    While action remains to be seen, but I don't see president spending any political capital on immigration. I just hope this is not lip service like in the past, but I am not getting any hopes up.
  6. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    S, see, Jack loves you. You are his little Valentine this year :-)
  7. S's Avatar
    "
    S, see, Jack loves you. You are his little Valentine this year :-)
    "

    I know your love for latino ...........
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