In his weekly radio address today, US President Barack Obama discussed his immigration reform, defending his action. “We’re providing more resources at the border to help law enforcement personnel stop illegal crossings, and send home those who do cross over,”
Obama says. “We’ll focus enforcement resources on people who are threats to our security – felons, not families; criminals, not children. And we’ll bring more undocumented immigrants out of the shadows so they can play by the rules, pay their full share of taxes, pass a criminal background check, and get right with the law.”
Obama says he will continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan bill that can fix the immigration system.
“We are a nation of immigrants. It has always given America a big advantage over other nations. It keeps our country young, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.
“Nothing about this action will benefit anyone who has come to this country recently, or who might try and come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive. And it’s certainly not amnesty, no matter how often the critics say it. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today – millions of people living here without paying their taxes, or playing by the rules. And the actions I took this week will finally start fixing that.
Obama added, “As you might have heard, there are Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better. Well, I have one answer for that: Pass a bill. The day I sign it into law, the actions I’ve taken to help solve this problem will no longer be necessary.”