Memorable quotes from Obama’s speech on immigration. Jan 29, 2013

“Now is the time to do this so we can strength our economy and this country’s future.”

“One in four in small-business owners were immigrants.”

“Keeps workforce young, keep country cutting edge”

“Today we have an immigration system that is out of date, and badly broken”

“Yes, they broke the rules, they crossed the border illegally, maybe they overstayed their visas, and those are the facts, but these 11 million men and women are now here.”

“Many of them have been here for years. And the overwhelmingly majority of these people aren’t looking for any trouble, they are contributing members of their communities, they are looking out for their families.”

“Everyday, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living.”

“We have to make sure that every business, and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules.”

“Another economic reason why we need reform, its not just about the folks who come here illegally and the effect they have on our economic, but also about the folks who try to come here legally and have a hard time doing so.”

“Because (DACA) isn’t permanent, we need Congress to act, and not just on the DREAM Act. We need Congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now. That’s what we need.”

“For the first time in many years, rep and demo seem ready to tackle this problem together.”

“Member of both parties, in both chambers, are act working on a solution. Yesterday, a bipartisan group of sen announced their principles for CIR which are very much in line with the principles I proposed and campaign for in the last two years.”

“This time, action must follow. We can’t allow imm ref to get bogged down in an endless debate, we’ve been debating this very long time.”

“The ideas I am proposing have traditionally been supported by both democrats like Tedd Kennedy and Republicans like President George W. Bush. You don’t get that match up very often. So we know where the consensus  should be.” 

“Of course there will be rigorous deb about many of the details.”

“If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I’ll send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away.”

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