The Word From Barack’s House


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Weekly Address: A Balanced Approach to Growing the Economy in 2013

 

In this week’s address, President Obama calls on Congress to work together on a balanced approach to reduce our deficit and promote economic growth and job creation

 

 

 

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:

 

Immigration Reform: On Tuesday, President Obama traveled to Las Vegas to present his plans for comprehensive immigration reform. The four parts of the White House proposal call for a strengthening of our borders, cracking down on companies that hire undocumented workers, creating a path to earned citizenship and streamlining our legal immigration system for all.

 

Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future,” said President Obama, urging a bipartisan effort.

 

  • Speak out to show your support and get the facts on our immigration reform page.
  • Read the President’s remarks on comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Watch the President’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform.

 

 

Turning to Law Enforcement: On Monday, President Obama and Vice President Biden welcomed police chiefs and sheriffs from across the country to hear their ideas on protecting our communities from gun violence. The President is seeking to prevent mass shootings like Newton, where 20 young children and six adults were killed by a gunman, and explained, “it’s also what happens on a day-in-day-out basis in places like Chicago or Philadelphia, where young people are victims of gun violence every single day.”

 

Advancing Gender Equality: On Wednesday, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to champion gender equality and empower women and girls. While in office President Obama has acknowledged the importance of women in the political and economic worlds. Under the President’s guidance, the White House Council on Women and Girls was initiated and his first piece of legislation was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to challenge unequal pay.

 

Mama, I Made It: On Monday, the Miami Heat were honored at the White House for their 2012 NBA Finals victory. After President Obama’s remarks, an excited LeBron James candidly described the moment. “We’re in the White House right now,” James said. “This is like, hey, mama, I made it.”

 

Check out the full ceremony and watch James present President Obama a signed ball and star forward Dwayne Wade give a jersey to the President. Be sure to also take a look at our behind the scenes look on the Heat’s trip to the White House.

 

 

Relief for Syria: On Tuesday, the White House released a video message from President Obama announcing an additional $155 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria. The aid provides food, clean water, medicines and medical treatment. The United States and its allies are working together to ensure the aid goes directly to those who need it most. The United States total contribution to the people of Syria stands at $365 million as the aid comes at a critical moment when allies are fighting for an end to the corrupt Assad regime.

 

 

Fireside Hangout: On Thursday, the White House continued their series of Google+ hangouts with senior White House officials. Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, discussed the President’s proposal for comprehensive immigration reform with participants from across America. Follow theWhite House on Google+ to receive the latest updates and stay in the loop for ways you can be involved for the next hangout.

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

February 02, 2013

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to the Munich Security Conference. Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany

 

 

February 02, 2013

Weekly Address: A Balanced Approach to Growing the Economy in 2013

 

 

February 01, 2013

Remarks by the Vice President at a Meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

February 02, 2013

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meetings with United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and Syrian Opposition Coalition President Moaz al-Khatib

 

 

 

February 02, 2013

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

 

 

 

February 01, 2013

Statement from the Press Secretary on the explosion in Mexico City

 

 

 

February 01, 2013

Remarks by the President at Ceremony for the 2011 National Medals of Science, and National Medals of Technology and Innovation

 

 

 

February 01, 2013

Statement from the President on the passing of Ed Koch

 

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For Immediate Release
February 01, 2013

Statement from the President on the passing of Ed Koch

Ed Koch was an extraordinary Mayor, irrepressible character, and quintessential New Yorker. He took office at a time when New York was in fiscal crisis, and helped his city achieve economic renewal, expand affordable housing, and extend opportunity to more of its people. In public office and beyond, his energy, force of personality, and commitment to causes ranging from civic issues to the security of the state of Israel always informed and enlivened the public discourse. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ed’s loved ones, and to the city that survives him

 

 

 

February 01, 2013

Statement from the President on Secretary Steven Chu

 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama waits as he is introduced for an event honoring the recipients of the 2011 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, in the Blue Room of the White House, Feb. 1, 2013. A bust of Christopher Columbus is seen at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Immigration Updates From Barack’s House


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Creating a 21st Century Immigration System

 

President Obama’s common-sense, comprehensive proposal for immigration reform will help strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

 

January 29, 2013

Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

 

 

Fireside Hangout: Cecilia Muñoz Joins a Conversation on Immigration Reform

 

 

 

President Obama’s Four Part Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

Excerpts from the President’s Remarks on Immigration Reform

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

FACT SHEET: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

 

 

 

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Building a 21st Century Immigration System

 

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President Obama calls for a bipartisan approach to fixing a broken immigration system and explains why immigration reform is critical to building a 21st century economy in a speech in El Paso, TX. May 10, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Fixing the Immigration System for America’s 21st Century Economy

 

“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.”

 

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President Obama has 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 broken immigration system plays an important part in our plan. As we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to our immigration system.

 

 

The President takes seriously his responsibility to enforce our immigration laws. Over the last three years, the Obama Administration has dedicated unprecedented resources to secure our borders, taken important steps to make our interior and work site enforcement smarter and more effective, and made improvements to the legal immigration system. And in June of 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced a new process aimed at making the nation’s immigration policy more fair and more efficient by focusing its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk — by removing the threat of deportation for young people who came to the U.S. as children and are low enforcement priorities. But we cannot solve the problems with our broken immigration system through enforcement alone.

 

 

Over the years, many have attempted to confront this challenge, but passions are great and disagreements run deep. The President knows that this work will not be easy, but the American people demand and deserve a solution. They deserve a 21st century immigration system that meets our economic and national security imperatives and that upholds America’s proud tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. They need Democrats, Republicans, and independents to come together to accomplish this critical task.

 

 

President Obama continues to reiterate his deep commitment to fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

 

  • Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders: Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

 

  • Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers:Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

 

  • Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

 

  • Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

January 30, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Italian President Napolitan

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

Letter from the President — Regarding the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 152

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of John Kerry as the next Secretary of State

 

 

January 29, 2013

President Obama Signs Arkansas Disaster Declaration

 

 

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2012

 

 

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Presidents Four Part Plan


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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President Obama’s Four Part Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

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By  Megan Slack  January 29, 2013  The White House Blog

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Today, President Obama spoke from Las Vegas about creating a fair and effective immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

 

“I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long.” President Obama said. “I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.”

 

 

The good news, President Obama said, is that for the first time in many years, there is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform. But action must follow.

 

 

“We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate. We’ve been debating this a very long time,” he explained. “As a consequence, to help move this process along, today I’m laying out my ideas for immigration reform.”

 

 

President Obama’s proposal for immigration reform has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.

 

 

 

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You can watch the President’s full remarks on this plan for common sense immigration reform below:

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

Published on Jan 29, 2013

President Obama speaks on the need for comprehensive immigration reform and outlines a proposal for a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system.

 

 

 

 

 

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For Immediate Release
January 29, 2013

FACT SHEET: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

 

 

America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows.  Neither is good for the economy or the country.

 

 

It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone —both from the workers here illegally and those who hire them—and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules.
President Obama’s commonsense immigration reform proposal has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
Together we can build a fair, effective and commonsense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
The key principles the President believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform are:
  • Continuing to Strengthen Border Security: President Obama has doubled the number of Border Patrol agents since 2004 and today border security is stronger than it has ever been.  But there is more work to do.   The President’s proposal gives law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safer from crime.  And by enhancing our infrastructure and technology, the President’s proposal continues to strengthen our ability to remove criminals and apprehend and prosecute national security threats.

 

 

  • Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers: Our businesses should only employ people legally authorized to work in the United States.  Businesses that knowingly employ undocumented workers are exploiting the system to gain an advantage over businesses that play by the rules.  The President’s proposal is designed to stop these unfair hiring practices and hold these companies accountable.  At the same time, this proposal gives employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

 

 

  • Earned Citizenship: It is just not practical to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants living within our borders.  The President’s proposal provides undocumented immigrants a legal way to earn citizenship that will encourage them to come out of the shadows so they can pay their taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else.  Immigrants living here illegally must be held responsible for their actions by passing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, going to the back of the line, and learning English before they can earn their citizenship. There will be no uncertainty about their ability to become U.S. citizens if they meet these eligibility criteria. The proposal will also stop punishing innocent young people brought to the country through no fault of their own by their parents and give them a chance to earn their citizenship more quickly if they serve in the military or pursue higher education.

 

 

  • Streamlining Legal Immigration:  Our immigration system should reward anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules.  For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient.  The President’s proposal attracts the best minds to America by providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to other countries.  The President’s proposal will also reunify families in a timely and humane manner.

 

 

Continuing to Strengthen Border Security

 

  • Strengthen border security and infrastructure.  The President’s proposal strengthens and improves infrastructure at ports of entry, facilitates public-private partnerships aimed at increasing investment in foreign visitor processing, and continues supporting the use of technologies that help to secure the land and maritime borders of the United States.

 

 

  • Combat transnational crime.  The President’s proposal creates new criminal penalties dedicated to combating transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs, weapons, and money, and that smuggle people across the borders.  It also expands the scope of current law to allow for the forfeiture of these organizations’ criminal tools and proceeds.  Through this approach, we will bolster our efforts to deprive criminal enterprises, including those operating along the Southwest border, of their infrastructure and profits.

 

 

  • Improve partnerships with border communities and law enforcement.  The President’s proposal expands our ability to work with our cross-border law enforcement partners.  Community trust and cooperation are keys to effective law enforcement. To this end, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will establish border community liaisons along the Southern and Northern borders to improve communication and collaboration with border communities, boost funding to tribal government partners to reduce illegal activity on tribal lands, and strengthen training on civil rights and civil liberties for DHS immigration officers.

 

 

  • Crack down on criminal networks engaging in passport and visa fraud and human smuggling. The President’s proposal creates tough criminal penalties for trafficking in passports and immigration documents and schemes to defraud, including those who prey on vulnerable immigrants through notario fraud. It also strengthens penalties to combat human smuggling rings.

 

 

  • Deporting Criminals. The President’s proposal expands smart enforcement efforts that target convicted criminals in federal or state correctional facilities, allowing us to remove them from the United States at the end of their sentences without re-entering our communities. At the same time, it protects those with a credible fear of returning to their home countries.

 

 

  • Streamline removal of nonimmigrant national security and public safety threats.  The President’s proposal creates a streamlined administrative removal process for people who overstay their visas and have been determined to be threats to national security and public safety.

 

 

  • Improve our nation’s immigration courts.  The President’s proposal invests in our immigration courts. By increasing the number of immigration judges and their staff, investing in training for court personnel, and improving access to legal information for immigrants, these reforms will improve court efficiency.  It allows DHS to better focus its detention resources on public safety and national security threats by expanding alternatives to detention and reducing overall detention costs.  It also provides greater protections for those least able to represent themselves.

Cracking Down on Employers Who Hire Undocumented Workers 

 

  • Mandatory, phased-in electronic employment verification. The President’s proposal provides tools for employers to ensure a legal workforce by using federal government databases to verify that the people they hire are eligible to work in the United States.  Penalties for hiring undocumented workers are significantly increased, and new penalties are established for committing fraud and identity theft.  The new mandatory program ensures the privacy and confidentiality of all workers’ personal information and includes important procedural protections.  Mandatory electronic employment verification would be phased in over five years with exemptions for certain small businesses.

 

 

  • Combat fraud and identity theft.  The proposal also mandates a fraud‐resistant, tamper‐resistant Social Security card and requires workers to use fraud‐and tamper‐resistant documents to prove authorization to work in the United States. The proposal also seeks to establish a voluntary pilot program to evaluate new methods to authenticate identity and combat identity theft.

 

 

  • Protections for all workers. The President’s proposal protects workers against retaliation for exercising their labor rights.  It increases the penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers to skirt the workplace standards that protect all workers.  And it creates a “labor law enforcement fund” to help ensure that industries that employ significant numbers of immigrant workers comply with labor laws.

 

 

Pathway to Earned Citizenship

 

  • Create a provisional legal status.  Undocumented immigrants must come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass criminal background and national security checks, and pay fees and penalties before they will be eligible for a provisional legal status.  Agricultural workers and those who entered the United States as children would be eligible for the same program.  Individuals must wait until the existing legal immigration backlogs are cleared before getting in line to apply for lawful permanent residency (i.e. a “green card”), and ultimately United States citizenship. Consistent with current law, people with provisional legal status will not be eligible for welfare or other federal benefits, including subsidies or tax credits under the new health care law.

 

 

  • Create strict requirements to qualify for lawful permanent resident status.  Those applying for green cards must pay their taxes, pass additional criminal background and national security checks, register for Selective Service (where applicable), pay additional fees and penalties, and learn English and U.S. civics.  As under current law, five years after receiving a green card, individuals will be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship like every other legal permanent resident.

 

 

  • Earned citizenship for DREAMers. Children brought here illegally through no fault of their own by their parents will be eligible for earned citizenship.  By going to college or serving honorably in the Armed Forces for at least two years, these children should be given an expedited opportunity to earn their citizenship.  The President’s proposal brings these undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.

 

 

  • Create administrative and judicial review. An individual whose provisional lawful status has been revoked or denied, or whose application for adjustment has been denied, will have the opportunity to seek administrative and judicial review of those decisions.

 

 

  • Provide new resources to combat fraud. The President’s proposal authorizes funding to enable DHS, the Department of State, and other relevant federal agencies to establish fraud prevention programs that will provide training for adjudicators, allow regular audits of applications to identify patterns of fraud and abuse, and incorporate other proven fraud prevention measures.

 

 

 

Streamlining Legal Immigration

 

  • Keep Families Together. The proposal seeks to eliminate existing backlogs in the family-sponsored immigration system by recapturing unused visas and temporarily increasing annual visa numbers.  The proposal also raises existing annual country caps from 7 percent to 15 percent for the family-sponsored immigration system.   It also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner. The proposal also revises current unlawful presence bars and provides broader discretion to waive bars in cases of hardship.

 

 

  • Cut Red Tape for Employers.  The proposal also eliminates the backlog for employment-sponsored immigration by eliminating annual country caps and adding additional visas to the system.  Outdated legal immigration programs are reformed to meet current and future demands by exempting certain categories from annual visa limitations.

 

 

  • Enhance travel and tourism.  The Administration is committed to increasing U.S. travel and tourism by facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining our nation’s security.  Consistent with the President’sExecutive Order on travel and tourism, the President’s proposal securely streamlines visa and foreign visitor processing.  It also strengthens law enforcement cooperation while maintaining the program’s robust counterterrorism and criminal information sharing initiatives.  It facilitates more efficient travel by allowing greater flexibility to designate countries for participation in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of designated countries to visit the United States without obtaining a visa.  And finally it permits the State Department to waive interview requirements for certain very low-risk visa applicants, permitting resources to be focused on higher risk applicants and creates a pilot for premium visa processing.

 

 

  • “Staple” green cards to advanced STEM diplomas.  The proposal encourages foreign graduate students educated in the United States to stay here and contribute to our economy by “stapling” a green card to the diplomas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD and Master’s Degree graduates from qualified U.S. universities who have found employment in the United States.  It also requires employers to pay a fee that will support education and training to grow the next generation of American workers in STEM careers.

 

 

  • Create a “startup visa” for job-creating entrepreneurs.  The proposal allows foreign entrepreneurs who attract financing from U.S. investors or revenue from U.S. customers to start and grow their businesses in the United States, and to remain permanently if their companies grow further, create jobs for American workers, and strengthen our economy.

 

 

  • Expand opportunities for investor visas and U.S. economic development.  The proposal permanently authorizes immigrant visa opportunities for regional center (pooled investment) programs; provides incentives for visa requestors to invest in programs that support national priorities, including economic development in rural and economically depressed regions ; adds new measures to combat fraud and national security threats; includes data collection on economic impact; and creates a pilot program for  state and local government officials to promote economic development.

 

 

  • Create a new visa category for employees of federal national security science and technology laboratories.  The proposal creates a new visa category for a limited number of highly-skilled and specialized immigrants to work in federal science and technology laboratories on critical national security needs after being in the United States. for two years and passing rigorous national security and criminal background checks.

 

 

  • Better addresses humanitarian concerns. The proposal streamlines immigration law to better protect vulnerable immigrants, including those who are victims of crime and domestic violence.  It also better protects those fleeing persecution by eliminating the existing limitations that prevent qualified individuals from applying for asylum.

 

 

  • Encourage integration. The proposal promotes earned citizenship and efforts to integrate immigrants into their new American communities linguistically, civically, and economically.

 

 

 

 

Fireside Hangout: Cecilia Muñoz Joins a Conversation on Immigration Reform

 

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By  Erin Lindsay   January 29, 2013   The White House Blog

 

 

On Thursday, learn more about President Obama’s vision for a 21st century immigration system as the White House hosts the next in an ongoing series of conversations with administration officials on Google+. Starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on January 31, Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will join the latest “Fireside Hangout”– a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses –  to talk about immigration reform.

 

 

The conversation will be moderated by Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American,and Ms. Muñoz will discuss the President’s proposal for comprehensive immigration reform with participants, which will include America Ferrera, Co-chair of Voto Latino’s I’m Ready for Immigration Reform campaign and Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners. You can watch the hangout live on WhiteHouse.gov, or tune in to the White House’s Google+ page on Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

 

Earlier today, the President traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to speak about the need for a fair and effective immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. The President’s proposal for immigration reform has four parts. First, continue to strengthen our borders. Second, crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers. Third, hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks. Fourth, streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.

 

 

Don’t forget to tune-in on Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET on WhiteHouse.gov, or on the White House’s Google+ page. In the weeks and months ahead we’ll continue to host hangouts with key members of the President’s Cabinet on a range of second term priorities. Follow us on Google+ for updates from the Administration and opportunities to participate in upcoming online engagement events.

 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama listens to cellist Khari Joyner, a 21-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Atlanta, Ga., in the Oval Office, Jan. 29, 2013.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

January 29, 2013

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of John Kerry as the next Secretary of State

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

President Obama Signs Arkansas Disaster Declaration

 

 

 

January 29, 2013

Excerpts from the President’s Remarks on Immigration Reform

 

 

 

 

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From Barack’s House: Watch Live Today; President Obama On Immigration


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Watch Live Today: President Obama on Immigration

 

Today, President Obama is in Las Vegas, Nevada where he will deliver remarks on the need to fix our broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring that everyone plays by the same rules.

 

 

Watch on WhiteHouse.gov/Live at 2:55 p.m. EST

 

 

Obama endorses bipartisan Senate plan

 

Published on Jan 29, 2013

A just-released CBS News poll shows a slim majority of Americans — 51 percent — think illegal immigrants now working in the U.S. should be able to stay and apply for citizenship, and now, the White House and bipartisan groups in Congress are hoping to capitalize on that feeling. CBS News’ Bill Plante reports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOP Surrenders on Immigration — ‘They are Running For 2016 For Pete’s Sake!

 

So hypocritical and political, it’s when they realize they cannot win without the latino vote, thats when they change their tune, typical republicans.

 

 

 

 

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

 

President Obama Announces Additional Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian People
President Obama announced today that he has approved a new round of humanitarian assistance, an additional $155 million to provide for the urgent and pressing needs of civilians in Syria and refugees forced to flee the violence of the Assad regime. This brings America’s contribution to date to $365 million, making the United States the largest single donor of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

 

 

President Obama Announces $155 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People

 

Published on Jan 29, 2013

President Obama announces an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the violence of the Assad regime. This aid from the American people is providing food, clean water, medicine, medical treatment, immunizations for children, clothing, and winter supplies for millions of people in need inside Syria and in neighboring countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Officials Discuss Keeping Our Communities Safe
President Obama and Vice President Biden continue the conversation about reducing gun violence in a meeting with law enforcement officials.

 

 

Top Three Things Small Businesses Should Know About the Affordable Care Act
The Small Business Administration has launched a new blog to help businesses understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 

 

9:20 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

9:35 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

2:25 PM: The President arrives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

2:55 PM: The President delivers remarks on comprehensive immigration reform.

 

 

5:00 PM: The President departs Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

 

Honoring the NBA Champion Miami Heat

 

Published on Jan 29, 2013

Dwayne Wade, Shane Battier, Lebron James and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat talk about their visit to the White House with President Obama.

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat

 

 

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with law enforcement officials to discuss policies the President put forward last month that would reduce gun violence in communities across America, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

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Wasilla Bound: Useless ‘Cartoon Combatant’ Sarah Palin Dumped(Fixed) By Fox(Fixed News)

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Law Enforcement Officials

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

January 29, 2013

Statement by the President on Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood

 

 

January 29, 2013

Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Ambassador Max Kampelman

 

 

January 28, 2013

Statement by the President on the Passage of the Supplemental for Hurricane Sandy

 

 

January 28, 2013

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

January 28, 2013

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games

 

 

 

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The Daily Snapshot From Barack’s House


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

n Case You Missed It

 

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog

Data Set for Entry-Into-Force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion 
On Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ricardo Quijano exchanged letters setting a date for the entry-into-force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA).

 

 

Weekly Address: Congress Should Join the President to Help Responsible Homeowners 
President Obama urges Congress to act to build on the momentum we are seeing in the housing market by helping responsible homeowners refinance, saving $3000 a year. 
 

A Fall Social in the #WHGarden 
As part of the 2012 White House Fall Garden Tours, we invited 50 of our followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for a private tour of the White House gardens. 

 
 
Today’s Schedule

 

 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 
 

8:00 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews 

 

8:15 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews 

 

10:15 AM: The President arrives Davenport, Iowa 

 

11:10 AM: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event 

 

12:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a campaign event 

 

2:15 PM: The President departs Davenport, Iowa 

 

4:05 PM: The President arrives Denver, Colorado 

 

4:55 PM: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event 

 

6:20 PM: The President departs Denver, Colorado 

 

6:30 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host a reception commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

 

8:25 PM: The President arrives Los Angeles, California 

 

9:30 PM: The President tapes an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 

 

10:45 PM: The President departs Los Angeles, California 

 

11:45 PM: The President arrives Las Vegas, Nevada

 
 

 

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