Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy - Video
"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 Obama is calling for a national conversation on immigration reform that builds a bipartisan consensus to fix our broken immigration system so it works for America’s 21st century economy, but he can’t do it alone. Help bring the debate to your community by hosting a roundtable.
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President Obama recognizes that our current immigration system is broken and he is deeply committed to building a new 21st century immigration system that meets our nation’s important economic and security needs. In his State of the Union Address, the President laid out his vision for winning the future. To secure prosperity for all Americans, we must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world, and fixing our immigration system plays an important part in that plan. As we work to rebuild our economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part on restoring responsibility and accountability to the immigration system.
President's Vision for Reform
The President plans to create a 21st century immigration system by:
- 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 competiveness 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.
Building on Progress
During the last two years, the Obama Administration has taken important steps to improve our immigration system within the boundaries of existing laws. For example, the Administration has:
- Dedicated unprecedented resources to secure the border;
- Made interior and worksite enforcement smarter and more effective; and
- Worked to improve our legal immigration system.