What Obama’s Speech Means for Immigration

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Immigration was not overlooked during Barack Obama’s momentous closing speech on Thursday night.

“Passions fly on immigration,” said Obama, “but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This too is part of America’s promise – the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.”

At the very end of a Democratic National Convention during which immigration was often shadowed by the politics of the race and the burning issues of Iraq and the economy, Obama made sure that immigration was written into his history-making speech.

In full detail, Obama’s plan is to:

Create Secure Borders
Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.

Improve Our Immigration System
Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.
Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally

Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Bring People Out of the Shadows
Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.
Work with Mexico

Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

When it comes to immigration McCain is still “finishing the debate with himself.” Meanwhile, Obama has made clear that he shall continue McCain’s fight for comprehensive immigration reform–hopefully with, but quite possibly, without him. Those are the promises we will hold Obama accountable to shall he be elected president this November.


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  • Since November, the administration has successfully implemented the eb5 visa program. This program has increased the number of foreign nationals in America while raising money for the creation of American jobs. He building a stronger economy in the midst of allowing qualified foreign investors entrance to our country.

  • Illegal immigration has always been a significant issue in the US. As an individual from another country, I agreed with President Obama’s speech. I think it is fair that Obama would like to remove incentives to enter this country illegally. Also I like that he wants to bring illegal immigrants who have been hiding out of the shadows. I, myself, will someday find a legal way to become a citizen of the leading country of the world too.

  • Luis

    I think that Obama is doing a good job as to treat the illegal immigrants issue. I can’t say how happy I am for him to take this big step ahead and help many families and people. God made us all equal and we are all the same. It’s not right to refuse the right for many opportunities to s person just because they are illegal immigrants. Whether or not we like who we are we don’t choose to be who we are. We don’t choose our race color looks or anything. People have to understand that you guys are closing the doors to amazing opportunitites to these illegal immigrants. I beg I mean I BEG Obama to take this step and help us all. I will all my life be grateful to you sir 🙂 ! Please do so and it’s your belief that matters and for some good reason you are president of this country. So do your part. Many people here,(illegal immigrants work hard and study hard so don’t close their doors for life succes because you are hurting their life and we want to treat people the way we want to be treated so please sir help us!

  • I honestly don’t think that ‘paying a fine, learning English and going to the back of the line’ will inspire many illegals to ‘come out of the shadows.’ There is no incentive to do so, so they simply will not.

  • There’s been no real movement on immigration and ICE continues its unfair and haphazard deportation and detainment policies. I think President Obama is genuinely interested in immigration reform, but put it on the back burner while focusing on health care reform. Now that he and the Democrats have realized that bipartianship attempts are useless and that they can actually pass legislation over Republican objection, let’s step up the pressure for immigration reform. My guess is Obama will wait until the November elections before engaging in this controversial initiative, and this Hartford, CT immigration attorney hopes that Obama will then move quickly to alleviate the unfairness and suffering inherent in the current immigration and naturalization system.