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TRANSCRIPT: Pres. Obama's Immigration Reform Speech

Pres. Obama


Pres. Obama gave the following speech at American University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning. The President called for 'comprehensive reform' that includes an amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens, resources for securing the border, an easier way for foreign nationals to come to the United States, and a crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens.

Senate Democrats Circulate New Outline for Amnesty Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid


In an effort led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Senate Democrats are moving towards an Amnesty bill without Republican support. A 26-page outline was circulated today, detailing an Amnesty plan that is similar to the one first released by Senators Schumer and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a few weeks ago.

Immigration Headlines at Tax Day Tea Party in Boston and Washington D.C.

Updated: April 18th, 2010, 2:37 pm
Chad MacDonald's Picture


  by  Chad MacDonald

I received 10 emails from NumbersUSA members who questioned us about going to Tea Party events in Boston and Washington D.C. this week to advocate immigration reductions. We distributed 10,000 fliers (see contents below) on the High Costs of Mass Immigration, and we passed out thousands of Immigration-Reduction Report Cards across the country. While not everybody is a fan of the Tea Party efforts, I believe most of our members get the big picture that 90% of Tea Party supporters oppose illegal immigration and want to stop amnesty. Most of our members understand that to achieve our immigration goals, we need broad coalitions -- such as reaching out at Earth Day activities during the coming week.

H.R. 4321: The Amnesty Mob's 'Greatest Hits'

Updated: December 17th, 2009, 8:24 pm


  by  Joe Jenkins

Whether you intend on celebrating Christmas or Kwanzaa, are celebrating Chanukah, or have celebrated Eid this holiday season, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) has given us all a gift that needs to be flung from the highest mountain top into the deepest of crevices: H.R. 4321, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009.

Americans Moving in Our Direction

Updated: October 23rd, 2009, 12:51 pm


  by  Chris Chmielenski

Two new polls reveal that Americans favor lower immigration numbers, stronger border and interior enforcement, and oppose giving amnesty to the 12-18 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States. While Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) works on a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill that would provide a mass amnesty to illegal aliens and increase America’s overly generous immigration numbers, Americans want a very different solution.

Conversation With a Farmer

Updated: July 21st, 2017, 10:56 am


  by  Charles Breiterman

Recently, an article in a large newspaper caught my eye with a quote from a farmer in words that were so perfect for the “comprehensive reform” amnesty crowd that it seemed like a lobbyist had coached him on what to say. So, over a 2-week period I tried to contact him, and I finally caught up with him a couple of days ago. Our conversation illuminates how decent family farmers have gotten mixed up with the amnesty lobby.

Ted Kennedy's Immigration Legacy -- and why did he do it?

Updated: September 3rd, 2009, 10:29 am


  by  Roy Beck

I was dining in downtown Boston with a long-time acquaintance of Teddy Kennedy at the very time the Senator died a week ago. We had discussed what had caused Kennedy to pursue immigration policies that so fundamentally changed America. When I awoke the next morning to the Massachusetts TV stations doing their eulogies, I decided to wait until after burial to share my thoughts. . . .

Obama Says Amnesty Debate in 2010

Pres. Barack Obama


In a visit to Mexico, Pres. Barack Obama said he expects Amnesty legislation to be drafted in Congress this fall with debate beginning after the first of the year. While the President has always maintained that he wants to pursue immigration reform, he has come under heat recently from open-borders groups for not doing enough.

Schumer Points to the Fall for Amnesty Proposal

Sen. Chuck Schumer


Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he'll unveil a proposal for immigration reform and amnesty shortly after the summer recess. The publication Congress Daily is reporting that despite an intense battle over health care reform, Schumer still plans to launch at least an outline of his plan, if not proposed legislation.

Obama Hones Immigration Policy


The Obama administration is using its executive powers to change U.S. immigration policies and practices on a range of fronts, not waiting for efforts by Congress to tackle a broader overhaul of the system.

Administration officials say they want to shift the emphasis in immigration enforcement to what the White House calls the demand-side of illegal immigration by focusing on employers, moving away from high-profile raids that resulted in thousands of worker arrests during the Bush years.

Immigration's Sideshow


The Obama administration, moving gingerly toward what the president has said will be a far-reaching overhaul of the nation's broken immigration system, is trying to show at the outset that it is serious about enforcing existing laws.

House Rules Panel Denies Immigration-Reduction Votes on Spending Bills


The House Rules Committee, in separate actions involving the FY2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (S 1436) and the Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 3170), denied a floor vote on immigration-reduction amendments that would have helped protect American workers. In drafting the rule that defines acceptable House floor amendments for the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the Rules Committee refused to allow votes on amendments that would have required federal contractors to use the E-Verify program as a condition for receiving government funds [sponsored by Rep.

A Way Forward on Immigration


President Obama and Congress members met privately at the White House on Thursday for their first major discussion of immigration reform. Immigration is just one unsolved national crisis among many, and it was hard not to suspect that the parties might use the meeting — which had already been twice postponed — to dampen expectations for a bill this year.

Obama Says There's No Consensus on Immigration Reform

Pres. Barack Obama


Pres. Barack Obama took the first step on Thursday towards immigration reform and an amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Members of the Administration met with 30 Members of Congress from both sides of the issue and both sides of the aisle to get the debate rolling, but Pres. Obama said after the meeting that there was "not by any means consensus across the table."

Pelosi to Defer to Senate on Immigration Reform


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), following the same strategy of the last Congress, said Thursday that the House will wait for the Senate to act first on comprehensive immigration reform.

“We have been ready for a long time,” Pelosi said. “We’re ready anytime.”

But in saying she’s “ready,” Pelosi made clear she is waiting for the Senate to take the lead. That’s the same position the Speaker took in the last Congress, deferring to the Senate to take the first crack at the highly controversial subject.

Chief of Staff says not enough votes for Immigration Reform

Rahm Emanuel


Pres. Barack Obama's Chief of Staff met with reporters on Thursday morning before the President's 2 p.m. meeting with Congressional leaders to kick off the discussion for immigration reform. But Rahm Emanuel said that the White House doesn't believe they have enough votes in Congress for an amnesty bill.

Obama Heads to Hill to Talk Immigration Reform


“I don’t see it as a kick-off,” said Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, which advocates restricting immigration, referring to the president’s meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday. “I think the fact that they’re bringing in a number of members of Congress who will be defiantly against a comprehensive immigration bill suggests that the purpose of this meeting is more to lay out the broad spectrum that’s there in Congress and show how difficult it will be to put together a majority to pass a bill,” he said.

White House Hosts Meeting on Immigration


That's true, but it's also not clear that Obama's vision for overhaul is politically viable. Thursday's meeting will include some lawmakers who are dead set against any legalization, and Roy Beck, of the restrictionist group Numbers USA, believes this could be a good sign.

"By having strong senators and congressmen on the other side of this issue," Beck says, Obama "will be able to say, 'Hey, look, see how hard this is going to be? See how far apart we are?' "

Immigration reform to get a quiet kickoff


Reporting from Washington — Lawmakers will gather at the White House next week for a working session on immigration reform, a meeting that has been highly anticipated by Latino leaders eager for President Obama to honor his campaign promise to put millions of undocumented workers on a "pathway to citizenship." But many Democrats are now concluding that they may well not have the muscle to pass such a controversial measure -- at least not immediately, and possibly not until after the 2010 midterm election.

Immigration is key issue, Flake says


Flake said the immigration issue is particularly pressing and that it comes up in his discussions with Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

'I think Arizonans realize by and large that you have to deal immigration in a comprehensive fashion,' Flake said. 'You just can't say we're going to enforce current law without dealing with border issues and the population that's here illegally now. It's a very complicated issue.'