Before End Of Presidency, Obama Wants Immigration Reform
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According to information released, Obama is paying attention to the immigration problems in the country. According to new reports President Obama has said that he wants immigration reform to happen before the end of his presidency because he believes that the country needs an "orderly process" for immigration. In a town hall meeting that President Obama held at the Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California, he made his thoughts and concerns known when asked about immigration. Recently, he has come under fire by various groups who claim that he has not upheld is campaign promises to target and improve the immigration laws in the country. He hoped to set that straight during the town hall style meeting.
President Obama Works Towards Solutions
At the town hall style meeting, President Obama made several comments about immigration in the country. "We have not gotten (immigration reform) done. It's something I care deeply about. It's the right thing for the country. I want to get that done while I'm president." He continued by adding, "So what we've said is let's fix the whole system. First of all, let's make the legal immigration system more fair than it is and more efficient than it is." He also stated the following. "And there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to achieve a system that is fair, its equitable, is an economic engine for American. I can't solve this problem by myself." The final sentence was directed at the fact that the President is getting more political pressure from both sides to achieve reform within the country. He wants to put Congress's members on the hot seat, focusing on pushing them to make the important changes that need to be made.
When speaking about immigration and immigrants themselves, the President stated that the country needs well educated immigrations who are able to develop necessary skills for the American workplace and those who will open businesses to help create jobs. He said, "Let's make sure that if they want to reinvest and make their future here in America that they can." To that regard, he also mentioned that he is still supporting the DREAM Act, which would provide a legal path for undocumented students in the country who want to remain here to do so.
Talking to the People
The President is hosting town hall meetings throughout the next weeks in order to persuade public opinion about his plans, which includes reducing the deficit. In 2008, one of the campaign promises Obama made to the Hispanic electorate was that immigration reform would be a priority in that he wanted to legalize their status in the country while also improving border security. He won his election with 67 percent of the Hispanic vote, much of which is credited to his promises on immigration reform. However, since this reform has yet to come, and it is unlikely with a Republican controlled House, many are wondering if he will be able to make any progression towards improving immigration policy.