There is much controversy in our nation over the issue of immigration, and what our president as Commander and Chief of the United States is doing to protect our country. There is a lot of debate over where Obama puts immigration as a priority. Many say Obama hasn’t done anything to better secure our borders, or improve the current immigration laws; however the Obama Administration says otherwise.
In 2008, Obama won the vote of many Latinos saying that he was going to make immigration one of his highest priorities. In fact two-thirds of the Latino population voted for Obama because of this promise.
In a round table discussion with many Latino reporters, he was criticized for doing just the opposite. Click Here It seems as though he is going back on his promise when you look at the stats; Obama has deported1.6 million illegal immigrants in his two and a half years in office. While Bush was in office, he deported 1.57 million in eight years. This would seem to be the evidence of our president going back on his word, however when you take a closer look at it, it’s what Americans have been asking for. The Bush administration focused more on work-cited raids, while the Obama Administration has focused more on deporting immigrants with violent criminal offenses. Isn’t this what we want as Americans? To rid our country of violence? Obama defended himself saying,
“The statistics are actually a little deceptive because what we’ve been doing is with the stronger border enforcement we’ve been apprehending folks at the borders and sending them back,” Obama said. “That is counted as a deportation, even though they may have only been held for a day or 48 hours, sent back. . . .So what we’ve tried to do is within the constraints of the laws on the books, we’ve tried to be as fair, humane, just as we can, recognizing, though, that the laws themselves need to be changed.”
The president also went on to say that he intends to reform the immigration laws, but he cannot do it alone. The Republicans are not giving him the support he needs.
“Right now we have not gotten that kind of support — sadly, because only a few years ago, as I said, you had some Republicans who were willing to recognize that we needed to fix our immigration system, George Bush, to his credit, recognized that we needed to fix our immigration system. Ronald Reagan understood that immigration was an important part of the American experience. Right now you have not that kind of leadership coming from the Republican Party.”
Because of this, the President has asked the citizens of the United States to help him in his efforts, “I’m asking you to add your voices to this debate. We need Washington to know that there is a movement for reform that’s gathering strength from coast to coast. That’s how we’ll get this done.” — President Barack Obama
The president’s plan to reform the immigration laws are as follows:
- Continuing to fulfill the federal government’s responsibility to securing our borders;
- Demanding accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers;
- Strengthening our economic competitiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs and requiring responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally.