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THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.
For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.
But today, our immigration system is broken — and everybody knows it.
Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. NOT TRUE, MILLIONS EITHER DO IT OR APPROVE OF IT And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart. LIE #1, IF THEY WANT TO EMBRACE THOSE RESPONDSIBILITIES THEY WOULD NOT BE HERE ILLEGALLY
It’s been this way for decades. And for decades, we haven’t done much about it.
When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system. TRUE IN FACT IN HIS FIRST TERM, BUT THAT ENDED UP BEING A LIE BY OBAMA, HE WAS ABLE TO EASILY IMPLEMENT IT FROM 2009 THROUGH 2010 WITH THE MASSIVE DEMOCRAT MAJORITIES HE HAD AND DID NOT, SO LIE #2 And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders. LIE #3 HE HAS AVOIDED SECURING OUR BORDER AND THE BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND UNIONS HAVE EXPOSED HIS CLAIMS AS A LIE Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. DURING THE SPEECH A CNN FILM CREW EASILY CREW CROSSED THE BORDER NEAR NOGALES, THE FENCE WAS UNDER 4 FEET HIGH WITH A NICE COMFORTABLE TOP AND HAND HOLDS BUILT IN, AS IF DESIGNED TO BE CROSSED, THE BORDER IS NOT SECURE, IT TOOK THE GRAY HAIRED CNN REPORTER 5 SECONDS TO CROSS THE BORDER, MUCH EASIER TO CROSS THAN A MUCH CHEAPER STANDARD CATTLE BARBED WIRE FENCE
And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half. THE ARRESTS ARE DOWN BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE TRAFFIC IS LOWER, IT COULD MEAN THE TRAFFIC IS HIGHER DUE TO NON-ENFORCEMENT, THE UNEMPLOYEMENT RATE WAS QUITE LOW BEFORE OBAMA AND HAS BEEN HIGH SINCE OBAMA, THE POOR JOBS MARKET HAS RESULTED IN SELF DEPORTATION, PEOPLE LEFT BECAUSE OF A LACK OF JOBS Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years. LIE #4 THERE HAS BEEN A MASSIVE INCREASE, HE IS SIMPLY LYING Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts. AGAIN THE POOR JOBS MARKET HAS SCARED AWAY MANY, THIS ONE IS HARD TO CONFIRM, BUT PROBABLY UNTRUE
Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix, and last year, 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate. LIE #5 HE PURPOSELY AVOIDED DOING ANYTHING AT ALL FOR 5 YEARS It wasn’t perfect. It was a compromise. But it reflected common sense. It would have doubled the number of border patrol agents while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line. And independent experts said that it would help grow our economy and shrink our deficits. WE KNOW FROM JON GRUBER’S VIDEO CONFESSIONS THAT THAT OBAMA’S INDEPENDENT EXPERTS ARE NOT INDEPENDENT AND NOT TRUTHFUL see the video collection here: http://aun-tv.com/2014/11/obamacare-architect-not-say-americans-stupid-said-smart/
Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law. But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote. DECEPTION, OBAMA HAS USED THE EXACT SAME METHOD TO KILL THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND MANY MORE THINGS
Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. IT WAS STOPPED BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSED IT But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President LIE #6, OBAMA HAS GIVEN 25 SPEECHES WE KNOW OF IN WHICH HE SAID HE COULD NOT DO IT BECAUSE IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL –- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me LIE #7 REAGAN’S ACTION WAS A LAW PASSED BY CONGRESS, NO PRESIDENT HAS DONE THE SAME THING -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.
Tonight, I am announcing those actions.
First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over. HE HAS NEVER TRIED TO SERIOUSLY ENFORCE THE BORDER, NO REASON TO THINK THAT WILL CHANGE.
Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.
Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.
I want to say more about this third issue, because it generates the most passion and controversy. Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we’re also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable -– especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent. UNKNOWN IF TRUE And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.
But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let’s be honest -– tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. LIE #8 IT HAS BEEN DONE, BY EISENHOWER SUCCESSFULLY, IF OBAMA’S LIFE DEPENDED ON IT, HE WOULD DO IT Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. LIE #9, WE ARE NOT TAKING SIDES ON WHETHER IT IS A GOOD IDEA OR NOT, BUT IT COULD BE DONE AND HAS BEEN DONE. It’s also not who we are as Americans. After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time. They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs. They support their families. They worship at our churches. Many of their kids are American-born or spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams, and patriotism are just like ours. LIE #9 MOST BUT NOT ALL, SOME DEMOCRAT AFFILATED GROUPS WANT BORDER STATES TO BE TAKEN OVER BY MEXICO AND SAY SO, DEMOCRAT AND OBAMA AFFILATED GROUPS LIKE MEChA AND LA RAZA STATE THINGS LIKE: passage from MEChA’s national website reads: ‘As Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free our people from the exploitation of an oppressive society that occupies our land. AND “Por La Raza todo, Fuera de La Raza nada”, translated Is “For the Race, everything, outside the Race, nothing” As my predecessor, President Bush, once put it: “They are a part of American life.”
Now here’s the thing: We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules. We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. LIE #10 IF THOSE HERE FOR LESS THAN 5 YEARS CAN BE DEPORTED, AS HIS PLAN CALLS FOR, THEN THEY ALL COULD BE You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is. DOUBLE LIE #11 GETTING RIGHT WITH THE LAW IS OBEYING IT NOT GAINING BY BREAKING IT, AND THIS DEAL IS ABOUT POLITICAL GAIN FOR OBAMA, THAT IS WHY HE DELAYED ACTION FOR 6 YEARS
Now, let’s be clear about what it isn’t. This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive -– only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.
I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not. LIE #12 IT IS AMNESTY Amnesty is the immigration system we have today -– millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. TRUE, BUT LESS OF AN AMNESTY THAN OBAMA’S DECREE
That’s the real amnesty –- leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability –- a common-sense, middle-ground approach: If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up. LIE #13, NO REASON THAT WOULD BE TRUE, THE BORDER GUARD UNION HAS PUBLICALLY COMPLAINIED THAT OBAMA IS PURPOSELY PREVENTING THEM FROM ENFORCING THE BORDER
The actions I’m taking are not only lawful LIE #14 OBAMA HAS ADMITTED IT IS ILLEGAL AT LEAST 25 TIMES ON VIDEO, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century LIE #15 SIMPLY UNTRUE. And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill. LIE #16 IF THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL DICTATORIAL DECREE IS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO DO THE SAME THING AGANIST THEIR WILL, THEN THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE
I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. LIE #17 OBAMA IS NOT DOING THAT And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary. LIE #18, SEE LIE #16 Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a dealbreaker on every issue. That’s not how our democracy works LIE #19 DICTATORIAL DEGREES IS NOT HOW OUR REPUBLIC WORKS, and Congress certainly shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this. Americans are tired of gridlock. What our country needs from us right now is a common purpose –- a higher purpose.
Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight. LIE #20 A MASSIVE LIE, ALL POLLS SAY THE OPPOSITE BY LARGE MARGIN http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/19/nbc-poll-executive-amnesty-is-pretty-unpopular-with-just-about-everybody/ But I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home. Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens. So we don’t like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship.
I know some worry immigration will change the very fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw deal for over a decade. IT IS MORE ACCURATE TO SAY LAST 7 YEARS, 6 OF WHICH HAPPENED WITH OBAMA I hear these concerns. But that’s not what these steps would do. LIE #21 SIMPLE ECONOMIC FACT THAT INCREASED LABOR SUPPLY DECREASES WAGES Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society. LIE #22 IT DEPENDS ON WHO COMES HERE, HIGH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION STATES HAVE HIGHER POVERTY RATES LIKE CALIFORNIA And I believe it’s important that all of us have this debate without impugning each other’s character. LIE #23 OBAMA IMPUGNS OTHERS CHARACTER MORE THAN HIS PREDESSORS DID
Because for all the back and forth of Washington, we have to remember that this debate is about something bigger. It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.
Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law? LIE #24 WE HAVE MILLIONS ON THE GOVERNMENT DOLE DOING NOTHING, THEY COULD PICK THE FRUIT AND MAKE THE BEDS, THE HYPOCRISY IS PAYING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING AND PRETENDING THERE ARE NO JOBS FOR THEM, THEN CLAIMING WE NEED MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS TO DO THE HONORABLE JOBS THE ON THE DOLE PEOPLE REFUSE TO DO Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?
Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms? Or are we a nation that values families, and works together to keep them together?
Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs here, create businesses here, create industries right here in America?
That’s what this debate is all about. LIE #25 IT IS ALL ABOUT SELFISH POLITICAL ADVANTAGE, IT WILL BE ABOUT A 3-4 MILLION POTENTIAL NET VOTE GAIN FOR DEMOCRATS We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration. We need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears. I know the politics of this issue are tough. But let me tell you why I have come to feel so strongly about it. LIE #26 IF OBAMA FEELS STRONGLY HE WOULD HAVE ACTED 5 YEARS AGO WHEN HE HAD TOTAL CONTROL AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LEGAL
Over the past few years, I have seen the determination of immigrant fathers who worked two or three jobs without taking a dime from the government, and at risk any moment of losing it all, just to build a better life for their kids. I’ve seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn’t have the right papers. LIE #27 AN EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION, PAPERWORK ERRORS ARE NOT THE ISSUE, IT IS ILLEGALLY ENTERING A COUNTRY, MEXICO HAS DRASTICALLY MORE ANTI-IMMIGRATNT LAWS THAT THE USA DOES I’ve seen the courage of students who, except for the circumstances of their birth, are as American as Malia or Sasha; students who bravely come out as undocumented in hopes they could make a difference in the country they love.
These people –- our neighbors, our classmates, our friends –- they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life. They came to work, and study, and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America’s success. PROPAGANDA, THE PRIMARY REASON THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE COME TO AMERICA FOR CENTRURIES IS FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT: MORE FREEDOM, MORE HUMAN RIGHTS AND MORE OPPORTUNITY THAN THEY HAD AT HOME
Tomorrow, I’ll travel to Las Vegas and meet with some of these students, including a young woman named Astrid Silva. Astrid was brought to America when she was four years old. Her only possessions were a cross, her doll, and the frilly dress she had on. When she started school, she didn’t speak any English. She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS, and she became a good student. Her father worked in landscaping. Her mom cleaned other people’s homes. They wouldn’t let Astrid apply to a technology magnet school, not because they didn’t love her, but because they were afraid the paperwork would out her as an undocumented immigrant –- so she applied behind their back and got in. Still, she mostly lived in the shadows –- until her grandmother, who visited every year from Mexico, passed away, and she couldn’t travel to the funeral without risk of being found out and deported. It was around that time she decided to begin advocating for herself and others like her, and today, Astrid Silva is a college student working on her third degree.
Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid, or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in? DECEPTION, THERE ARE 200,000,000 IN INDIA ALONE THAT WOULD COME HERE IN ONE YEAR IF THEY COULD, ARE WILL EVIL IF WE DO NOT ALLOW HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO COME HERE? Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too.
My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal -– that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.
That’s the country our parents and grandparents and generations before them built for us. That’s the tradition we must uphold. That’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless this country we love.
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