Sunday, June 21, 2009

Even the president gets it regarding immigration

The White House --
President Obama, speaking at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast June 19, 2009, speaks about his views on illegal immigration.

Here are a few highlights from that speech.
"Like some of you, I am the son of a parent who came to these shores in search of a better future. And while I may be the first African American President, there is nothing unique or unusual about the opportunities that this country gave to me...And I am confident that it's a story that will someday be told by the first Hispanic President of the United States of America. (Applause.)".

while as the audience applauded, President Obama continues...
"We also know that keeping this promise means upholding America's tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. Those things aren't contradictory; they're complementary. That's why I'm committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform as President of the United States." (Applause.)

the audience again signifies their approval by applause...
"The American people -- the American people believe in immigration, but they also believe that we can't tolerate a situation where people come to the United States in violation of the law, nor can we tolerate employers who exploit undocumented workers in order to drive down wages."

there is excitement in the air...
"That's why we're taking steps to strengthen border security, and we must build on those efforts. We must also clarify the status of millions who are here illegally, many who have put down roots. For those who wish to become citizens, we should require them to pay a penalty and pay taxes, learn English, go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules. That is the fair, practical, and promising way forward, and that's what I'm committed to passing as President of the United States. (Applause.)"

I think I heard a pin drop.
notice, in the transcripts and says "applause" however, watching the video, the room seemed fairly quiet as the president continued.

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