State of the Union 2012: Obama on immigration reform
Excerpt from the State of the Union 2012 – President Barack Obama on immigration reform:
“Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: the fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else.
“That doesn’t make sense.
“I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That’s why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now.
“But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.
“You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work. It means we should support everyone who’s willing to work, and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.”
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: GOP response to the President’s 2012 State of the Union address
- WhiteHouse.gov: 2012 State of the Union Address Enhanced Presentation
- WhiteHouse.gov: Blueprint for America Built to Last (PDF)