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Obama on Immigration at the State of the Union speech 2012

President Obama addressed immigration issues at the State of the Union Speech on January 24, 2012. He called for Comprehensive Immigration Reform but recognized that in an election year, it could be a challenge to bring about. So, he said as an immediate step, the Dream Act and Start Up Act (my interpretation) should be passed immediately. Watson Immigration Law welcomes President Obama’s calls for immigration changes and hopes that 2012 will see some much needed improvements for entrepreneurs as well as people who will benefit from the Dream Act. Watch this space!


Here are some excerpts from his speech that relate to immigration:

“I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United
States but can’t find workers with the right skills. Growing
industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we
have workers who can do the job. Think about that – openings at a
time when millions of Americans are looking for work.” and

“Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else.That doesn’t make sense.

I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That’s why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office.

The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away.”