On Monday, President Obama challenged Congress to send him an immigration bill soon after the spring recess. During a naturalization ceremony at the White House, the President talked about the role immigrants play in strengthening the economy and how the United States needs to do a better job of welcoming the best and brightest immigrants to the country.
President Obama outlined some of the key elements of his vision for immigration reform saying, “We know that real reform means continuing to strengthen our border security and holding employers accountable. We know that real reform means providing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the shadows — a pathway that includes passing a background check and paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English and then, going to the back of the line behind everyone else who is trying to come here legally.”
You can watch the President’s speech at the naturalization ceremony here:
28 service members were sworn in as U.S. citizens in the White House ceremony.
Progress is already being made on a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate. Last week, there was a reported snag in immigration negotiations over how to handle low-skilled, year-round, temporary workers.
Organizing for Action, the non-profit group that emerged from President Obama’s campaign infrastructure, is also beginning to mobilize for it’s campaign to pass immigration reform.