Obama’s speech on his “comprehensive” immigration reform plans

“First, I believe we need to stay focused on enforcement. That means continuing to strengthen security at our borders. It means cracking down more forcefully on businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers.

We need to implement a national system that allows businesses to quickly and accurately verify someone’s employment status.

Second – we have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally.
We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship.

But for CIR to work it must be clear from the outset that there IS a pathway to citizenship.

A process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back fo the line behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That’s only fair. So that means it won’t be a quick process, but it will be a fair process. And it wil lift the ind out of the shad and give them a chance to earn their way to a green card and eventually to citizenship.

Third principle – we’ve gotta bring our legal immigration system into the 21st century. Because it no longer reflects the realities of our time.
For example, if you are a citizen, you shouldn’t have to wait years before your family can join you here.

Smarter reinforcement, a pathway to earned citizenship, improvements in the legal immigration system. “


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