“Today I’m here with leaders from business, from labor, from faith communities who are united around one goal — finishing the job of fixing a broken immigration system,” President Obama said this morning during a speech in the East Room.
In a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform there are 8.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and recent changes of enforcement have increased the number of deported from 40,000 to 125,000, annually.
Obama plans to create a more effective immigration system that secures our borders and enforce laws on hiring. It will require those who are undocumented to obtain citizenship.
The President’s common sense proposal for immigration reform stands on four principles:
- Continue to strengthen border security.
- Streamlining the U.S. legal immigration system.
- Creating a path to earned citizenship.
- Cracking down on employers that hire undocumented workers.
“It’s not fair to businesses and middle class families who play by the rules when we allow companies that are trying to undercut the rules work in the shadow economy, to hire folks at lower wages or no benefits, no overtime, so that somehow they get a competitive edge from breaking the rules,” Obama said. “That doesn’t make sense.”
The FAIR article also reported that, “an estimated 1,880,000 American workers are displaced from their jobs every year by immigration; the cost for providing welfare and assistance to these Americans is over $15 billion a year.”
President Obama emphasized the benefits of passing immigration reform stating that it would increase our economy by $1.4 trillion and would reduce the U.S. deficit by a trillion dollars.
“This isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. Securing our borders; modernizing our legal immigration system; providing a pathway to earned, legalized citizenship; growing our economy; strengthening our middle class; reducing our deficits,” Obama said. “That’s what common-sense immigration reform will do.”
The Senate has already passed an immigration reformed bill by a bipartisan majority this year and the President stated, “now it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide whether reform becomes a reality or not.”