President Obama’s Four Points on Immigration
“We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea—the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That’s why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here…The future is ours to win. But to get there, we cannot stand still.”
President Barack Obama
Immigration has been a hot button topic as of late, and for good reason. America has its share of problems at the current time, with education, health, and economics being at the forefront. President Obama has laid out his plan for these issues, and has included immigration as an issue to fix, as the current system just plainly isn’t working.
One thing President Obama has done started in June of 2012. The Department of Homeland Security announced its new process, with the goal of making America’s immigration policy more fair and efficient. To do so, it has decided to focus its many resources to remove individuals deemed as a national security or public safety risk. The flip side of this is that low priority risks, as well as people who came to America as children, have very little threat of deportation.
And this is just the beginning. He outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy with four major points:
1) Securing borders – Using enforcement resources to prevent those who would do harm to our country from entering it.
2) Accountability for businesses that exploit undocumented workers – Helping employers who don’t want to exploit undocumented workers the resources to easily verify a person is here legally, while holding those who exploit such workers accountable for their actions.
3) Strengthening economic competitiveness with an immigration system that reflects American values and needs – This will hopefully reunify families, and help keep good citizens who come here for education an incentive to stay here and innovate new technologies. It also will help young people who come here with parents to not be punished for those actions if they serve in the U.S. military or go for a degree in an institute for higher education.
4) Responsibility of those here illegally – This will hold accountable those here illegally to get on the right side of the law by registering and taking part in national security and criminal background checks, while paying taxes. This will also promote learning English before entering the country. This will focus on the responsibilities of being an American citizen.
We all hope these measures help steward in a new era, which is more fair for those looking to be legal citizens of the United States. At the very least, they are steps in the right direction.