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Immigration Reform: Immigrants Hope Congress Heard President Obama

President Obama's immigration reform speech has immigrants hoping congress is listening

Immigrants who heard President Obama’s speech on immigration reform are hoping Congress was listening.

President Barack Obama focused most of his State of the Union address on the country’s economy and gun laws, despite a fierce battle over US immigration reform policy recently.

According to Fox News, President Obama praised lawmakers for working on immigration reform and called on them to send him the bill in the next few months.

Lorenzo Montenegro, 43 is the father of four and works in a midtown Manhattan restaurant where entrees are quite expensive. His culinary specialty, cactus, scored him a job and visa to come to the US shortly before 2000. According to the Huffington Post, Montenegro’s pay is not enough to cover the cost of his eldest daughter’s education at New York’s City College, so she works part-time in the same restaurant. Montenegro said the job is a godsend because she’s had to leave other restaurants over discrimination for her undocumented status.

Sandra Zamora, 30, is a mother of one, working as an ambulance dispatcher. She is the only one of her siblings born in the US, out of five who live in New York. Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, she started to cry. Most of Zamora’s family and closest friends are undocumented.

President Obama’s speech said a path to citizenship includes background checks, paying taxes and learning English, and is a necessity for any kind of immigration reform. Obama was accompanied by applause from lawmakers as he said:

“As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away and America will be better for it. … Real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.”

What do you think of President Obama’s speech on immigration reform?

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5 Responses to “Immigration Reform: Immigrants Hope Congress Heard President Obama”

  1. Patrick Frye

    Democrats want new voters through amnesty. Republicans want the laws enforced. Only middle ground I can see is that illegal immigrants, who meet certain criteria, are fast-tracked into citizenship with the caveat that their actions are listed as a crime BUT they pay a high fine instead of jail time. This fine could be distracted from their tax returns so that the poor illegal immigrants are not excluded due to finances.

  2. Baja Rat

    The U.S. admits over a million legal immigrants annually as it is…. more than all other countries combined. The U.S. cannot provide jobs for citizens who want and need them, yet Comrade ObaMao and his radical progressive lackeys are insisting on an amnesty for millions more, thus rewarding border-jumping and visa-overstaying cretins who have no respect for our laws? This not only outrageous, but it’s as if the Comrade O and the criminals are giving the finger to all law abiding citizens. This won’t end well.

    The absolutely, positively, honest to God final amnesty EVER was passed in 1986 and signed by Ronald Reagan, who later admitted that was the biggest blunder of his presidency. What we've had is one corrupt and treasonous regime after another who have failed to give us what Reagan promised; a secure border and strict enforcement in the workplace and elsewhere. The worst regime so far is that of tin pot dictator Comrade ObaMao. This crap has got to stop. I say build a wall and deport ‘em all.

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