Obama: U.S. always has been a nation of immigrants

President says range of backgrounds and experiences makes country stronger
Associated Press
Jul 5, 2014

 

Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens at the White House on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that welcoming immigrants "is central to our way of life."

He pleaded anew for new immigration policies, saying the vast range of backgrounds and experiences that has made America a melting pot for more than 200 years also makes the country stronger. He argued that the system must be retooled for the U.S. to remain the greatest nation on earth.

"The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life, it is in our DNA," Obama said after the 25 service members representing 15 countries raised their right hands and pledged allegiance to the United States.

"From all these different strands, we make something new here in America. And that's why, if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest from beyond our borders, we're going to have to fix our immigration system, which is broken," he said. "Pass common-sense immigration reform.

The immigration issue is earning renewed attention because of the influx to the U.S. of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America. Under U.S. law, they must be returned to their home countries, angering immigration advocates who already take issue with Obama's enforcement of deportations. They want Obama to allow the children to stay.

At the same time, Obama blames House Republicans for delaying action on legislation covering the millions already living in the U.S. illegally. A comprehensive measure the Senate passed last summer has been blocked by House leaders who also have done little to advance their own immigration proposals.

Obama announced earlier this week that, as a result of inaction on Capitol Hill, he will pursue non-legislative ways he can adjust U.S. immigration policy on his own. He scheduled a trip to Texas next week, mostly to raise money for Democratic candidates, but plans not to visit the border.

"I'm going to keep doing everything I can to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient," Obama said Friday.

Across the country, more than 100 demonstrators, most in support of immigrants, gathered again Friday outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, where the agency intends to process some of the immigrants who have flooded the Texas border with Mexico.

Earlier this week a crowd of protesters blocked buses carrying women and children migrants who were flown in from overwhelmed Texas facilities. The Border Patrol had to take the migrants elsewhere.

Later Friday, Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcomed hundreds of service members and their families, including the new citizens, to an all-American barbecue on the South Lawn that was sponsored by the USO, a nonprofit organization that provides services and entertainment to U.S. troops and their families. Held under bright sunny skies after Hurricane Arthur blew north through the region, the event featured food, patriotic music by the U.S. Marine Band and a scheduled concert by the rapper Pitbull, along with prime seating for the fireworks on the National Mall.

Obama said that since the nation's founding 238 years ago the U.S. has become the "greatest democratic, economic and military force the world has ever known" and a beacon for others looking on from beyond its borders.

"Immigrants from around the world dream of coming to our shores," he said. "Young people aspire to study at our universities, other nations look to us for support (and) leadership in times of disaster and conflict and uncertainty.

"And when the world looks to America so often they look to all of you, the men and women of our Armed Forces," Obama said.

The president explained that he had other reasons to celebrate on Friday.

"This is always a special day for us because this is Malia's birthday," he told guests. His oldest child turned 16.

 

Comments

Justwow

Bullcrap Obama. Get them out along with yourself. Go join your Taliban friends.

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhhhh, bush is the one who had the Taliban at his ranch in Texas.

Darwin's choice

Since obama is going to be in Texas this week campaigning and golfing, think he is going to find time to go see first hand the drama at the border? I'll bet not! It would be too inconvient...

obama/failed

JMOP

"The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life, it is in our DNA," Obama said

-tell that to my Native American ancestors

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The Hero Zone

In addition don't forget the thousands who have played by the rules, payed the fees, waited, attended the court proceedings, and classes to take that vow and earn their citizenship. This is a poke in their eye and hardly a white-bred-'murrica vs. everyone else.

If we use the same logic as applied here, since we've done something for so long then shouldn't we also be allowed to own slaves still? Shouldn't we be allowed to war with Canada and Mexico to expand our territory? We've always been a nation of expansion. According to Thomas Jefferson we are long overdue for another revolution. We've always been a country of revolution, so perhaps the President wishes that, too?

As was said before, for being a law professor he sure is glazing over a whole lotta law (he isn't enforcing) under the cover of a lame excuse. Are we a nation of laws or a nation of anecdotally-supported excusable behavior under vague and not-unified senses of what other people feel should happen?

JMOP

I agree. Well said again Hero!

The Big Dog's back

Gee, hz, good to know you are a Constitutional law professor. Oh wait, you run a comic book store. Another right wingnut who thinks they know everything.

Contango

Re: "Another right wingnut who thinks they know everything,"

You mean as opposed to a smoking, fat, lefty looney "who thinks they know everything"?

“I've said you don't have to own a business to know how one works.”

- brutus smith aka puppy, Oct. 2010

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I'm not a Constitutional law professor. I certainly don't know everything. I have never claimed to do so. You seem to be the only one lauding me as having such mental superiority. It's because I DON'T know everything that I have this bad habit of citing all the research I do here to answer questions. Questions I go into with an open mind to better learn and be a better person. The secret's out: I'm no immaculate angel.

As for my store? A small business in a downtown that struggles like many others? What a vile thing in America! On top of that, as you seem to know everything about me and it, did you know that my store is a place of art, music, literature, law, science, math, social studies, history, computers, competition, crafting, critical thinking, sportsmanship, and socializing?

Did you know that my store is a haven for kids who are bullied and called names (like d-bag) by people who think they are better than they are? For kids who have broken or abusive homes? For kids on the autism spectrum or have other developmental disabilities? A place that happily works with the local police and ECJFS?

Did you know that my mere "comic book store" mentors kids and teaches them to be better people? To think with open minds? To open their eyes and see that despite all the differences they have in race, religion, income level, etc. they are still brothers and sisters under the banner of social hobbies and reading?

I'll just presume you did because you know everything about my store and what it does. There's a reason I post under its name here and am darn proud to do so. That reason is I come here to advocate all the things that I try to uphold in the above sentences. Posting under its name keeps me from thinking selfishly and illogically because I am having to represent the community with it as best I can.

As such, they are aware I post. There are many times I pass around conversations here. Like I will do with this one. It's better for them to see just what kind of people post here to better understand just what life can do to a person. If it makes you feel better, you are a special kind of favorite to them.

Sincerely,

An imperfect human being, just like you

Contango

Re: "Constitutional law,"

In the early days of our country, even simple country folk would discuss the Constitution.

Think of the Lincoln-Douglas debates that went on for hours. People travelled several miles and took food with them in order to stay and listen.

Nowadays, remember the old Jay Leno "Man in the Street" segments?

H*ll most people couldn't name the VP of the U.S. when shown a picture.

Contango

Re: "Native American ancestors,"

Subjugated tribes allied with Cortez to overthrow the rule of the Aztecs.

The American aborigine learned to play the Europeans off against each other for their own benefit.

The idea of the "noble savage" is a myth. They are and were human with all the faults and failings as any other group of people.

JMOP

The "Trail of Tears"? Seems the euros weren't too kind to the ones already here, and I don't believe the Indians were welcoming of immigrants coming on shore.

Contango

Re: "Indians were welcoming of immigrants coming on shore."'

Yea those subjegagted tribes enjoyed being brutalized by the Aztecs.

Cortez fathered the first "Mexican" with a native woman. Many inhabitants in the Americas are a blend of several races and innumerable ethnicities.

The "noble savage" is a romantic myth - they never existed.

Treating the "Indians" and the "Euros" as collective peoples respectively leads to fallacious thinking. There were/are good and bad in each.

The Big Dog's back

You probably got the white man's account. Not probably, you did.

Contango

Re: "white man's account."

Blame the Indians for your tobacco addiction. :)

deertracker

The Natives were here first!

Contango

Re: "The Natives were here first!"

Out of uncontrollable guilt, feel free to "return" to your ancestral homeland.

fotobug

Yes we have. But decades ago, the only way one got is if they had a SPONSOR who would guarantee them a job and watch over them!

Darwin's choice

It's amazing that the Harvard Law Professor doesn't remember the LEGAL way to immigrate. Busing in tens of thousands of children is going to bite him in the azz....

obama/failing

jeff1988

Obama is a joke! Lets give them welfare, insurance and other benefits, while our veterans don't even get the health care they were promised! He needs to be impeached along with his whole cabinet! They are all tyrant morons who are looking to destroy this great country!!!

coasterfan

Uh, Jeff? It was Congressional Republicans who voted in February to deny health benefits to veterans. Can we impeach them first?

Fromthe419

I'm with you on that one coasterfan, throw them all out of office, put in term limits and no D or R after their name on the ballot, force people to learn what they stand for and make an informed choice rather than what letter is behind their name on the ballot.

dontknowmuch

Sure, then we can target Obama for failing to secure the borders. Despite having a law background, he sure has difficulty understanding the concept of securing our borders.

Contango

Re: "health benefits to veterans."

Deflection and off-topic.

Darwin's choice

The bill was voted down because one tenth of the amount of it was for veterans, the democrats allocated the rest of the monies for completely useless "pet pork" for themselves!
Please post a link to show the bill that was voted down coasterfan, I dare you to show your blind stupidity!

obama/failed

The Big Dog's back

The rejected Bills are named:

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875.

H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

H.R. 1172 -- Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans

H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009

H.R. 1803 -- Veterans Business Center Act

H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act

DETAILS OF BILLS REJECTED BY REPUBLICANS:

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act – This bill would actually provide job security for veterans who are receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered while fighting in defense of their country. It would prohibit employers from terminating
employees who miss work while receiving treatment for a service-related disability.

H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act – This bill would provide for assistance to help veterans who are currently unemployed with their expenses while retraining for the current job market

The Big Dog's back

goofus/darwin, anything else you want to know?

Contango

Re: "anything else you want to know?"

The titles of the legislation tell you nothing, it's all about content and intent - next.

Darwin's choice

Not even a good good try, azz hat! I know what the bills numbers are, why don't you list what's included in each and every one, and what monetary amounts are going for what projects!

Go ahead moron, take a good look, see for your ignorant self where the money was headed!!

Your incredible azz kissing stupidity is typical! It's too bad your near death experience was wasted on you!

The Big Dog's back

This country was founded by the white man. Oh, wait a minute, the native Americans and Mexicans were here 1st.

Contango

Re: "Mexicans,"

Spanish. "Mexico" didn't exist as an independent country until 1821.

Typical ignorance for a dumbed-down public school education.

sugar

Honest to God how do these imbeciles survive? ROTFLMAO!

jazzbo

I'll bet you didn't know that , Sugar.

They were called Mexicas(1325-1521) before they were called Spaniards(1521-1821) then Mexicans (1821 +).

And besides , words are only metaphors.

grumpy

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_w...

You took your answer from someone (unknown) on wiki answers? Really? And said answer was only printed because it was the first answer? This is the quality of your research? Really?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexica

The Mexica (Nahuatl: Mēxihcah, [meːˈʃiʔkaʔ];[1] the singular is Mēxihcatl [meːˈʃiʔkat͡ɬ][1]) or Mexicas — called Aztecs in occidental historiography, although this term is not limited to the Mexica — were an indigenous people of the Valley of Mexico, known today as the rulers of the Aztec empire.

jazzbo

I saw the Wiki answers first and then I researched at least 6 sites which included the encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia.
They all appeared to harmonize , so I went with the Wiki answers. Really.

Dr. Information

Fail jizzbo, give it up, you suck lol.

jazzbo

You're another nobody , Miss Information , lol.

Contango

Re: "This country,"

To quote you:

“Our borders have become more secure than they ever were since Obama has been President.”

- brutus smith aka doggie, June 16, 2011

Still stand by the above, fatty?

The Big Dog's back

Yes deuce pooh.

Contango

Re: "Yes,"

So why the current flood across the border, fat nitwit?

Dr. Information

Dogg is dumb, there is no other way behind the posts. There are many dumb people on this forum, he is #1-3. Coaster and deer are the others.

Donegan

This country was founded by white guys. Might want to look up the definition of "country" and "continent" Two different things.
Do you freakin people know anything?

Contango

Re: "They want Obama to allow the children to stay."

60,000 at last count.

H*ll, open up the borders. Let the teeming masses pour in and then truck all the "undocumented Americans" to DC.

grumpy

"H*ll, open up the borders. Let the teeming masses pour in and then truck all the "undocumented Americans" to DC."

Send the kids to the 10 richest cities in the US. Let the 1% pay for room, board and schooling... They can afford it, (sarcasm) Why send them anywhere else? They deserve the best.

Let them get after their pet congress critters to fix the problem... no moving the kids... they stay there till the problem is fixed.

Contango

Re: "10 richest cities in the US"

Not bad.

However, IMO one better: Six of the ten richest counties in the U.S. surround DC.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/e...

Pres. Obama won't have to travel far to give 'em his patented problem solving teleprompter speeches.

SamAdams

Yes, the US has always been a nation of immigrants. Immigrants who ASSIMILATED, who WORKED, and who were LAW-ABIDING! It would still be just fine and dandy of those were the men and women to whom Mr. Obama referred, but they're not. No, he's pleading for us to open our borders to ILLEGAL immigrants who demand packages be labeled in Spanish, suck up taxpayer-paid benefits, spread diseases and crime, and who undermine and strain everything from the school system to the healthcare system to the courts to national sovereignty itself.

While this isn't an entirely new phenomenon, it has become a problem orders of magnitude larger than it was thanks to pretenders like Nancy Pelosi, and to those who outright mean the country harm like the fool currently occupying the Oval Office. This problem needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, and the fix DOESN'T involve, "Oh, let's just let everybody who's here stay here, and let's just make it easier for people to get in in the future."

coasterfan

A "tidbit" that you won't hear on Fox, or from any of the frothing anti-Obama folks who posted above:

Obama has deported more than 2 million immigrants, far more than his predecessor. Oh, and an other thing: those pictures of a roomful of immigrant children that have made the rounds on conservative media? Those were kids who were caught/detained by border patrol.

jazzbo

http://www.thenation.com/article...

The frothing haters wont believe it , you know , all the media is liberal.

Donegan

The admin is doing such a good job there is a humanitarian crises on the southern border. You people are actually delusional.

jazzbo

You don't care- now you care .

Confused , aren't you ?

You are.

Donegan

Facts and logic must cause you physical pain because you seem to avoid them at all cost.
The fact is your god created the crises and now you must look stupid defending him once again. I could see where that would cause you pain.

jazzbo

The fact and logic is :

You don't care- now you care .

You're confused.

I'm not surprised.

Donegan

I have facts, You know the things that clear up confusion. I know facts are foreign things to you but you seem to be arguing for foreign things lately, Try some facts out.
http://investmentwatchblog.com/o...
Your God has created a humanitarian crises.

jazzbo

You get your "facts" from Infowars.
Any website that associates with Infowars , is shiit.
Your head is full of shit.

My point is , which you have missed , IF there is a big mess down there, what do you care ?... you hate the immigrants anyway.

Donegan

Guess you are incapable of actually clicking a link as well to see that i never post infowar links. (Either that or you cannot read) My point is YOUR god has caused a crises with his stupidity and you morons defend him time after time with NO factual evidence to back up your opinion, Just more rhetoric.
As for why do i care, The US is being invaded with illegals and your gods one and only job is to secure the borders and the constitution. Just because you people are adapting your new gods motto (At this point what does it matter?) does not mean the rest of the country is brain dead.

jazzbo

Dumbagain-
You are another example of someone frantically grabs at any bold print that supports their stupidity for the sole purpose of "winning" or "saving face", and doesnt read their own links.
Go back to the link- all there is is a headline and a clip from Infowars.

"Obama Causes Humanitarian Crisis On The Border"

Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/o...

Does it hurt to be so stupid ?
(you arrogant jackass)

Contango

Re: "Obama has deported more than 2 million immigrants, far more than his predecessor."

And this isn't construed by you to be racist and insensitive?

jazzbo

You are deflecting , Contango.

Contango

Nope.

jazzbo

Yup.

Contango

Re: "Yup."

How is it deflection? Explain yourself.

So sending these "Children of God" back to their home countries isn't cruel to libs?

Yet, coasterfan brags that Pres. Obama has returned more than previous presidents.

Hypocrite.

jazzbo

Never mind , it's not worth the time and effort.

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The Hero Zone

You will of course mention that under this President the term deport was expanded to include those turned away at the border, right? This isn't ICE going deep into the heartland and routing people.

The Big Dog's back

Whatever d-bag.

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The Hero Zone

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department’s deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can’t be compared one-to-one with deportations under President Bush or other prior administrations."

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Now, now Big Dog, why are you calling the President's own appointed DHS chief a d-bag? That's not very friendly of you, especially to a fellow Democrat hand-picked by the President to report such things. Be civil, he's our President after all. No need to name-call no matter how frustrated he and his staff make you.

grumpy

"You will of course mention that under this President the term deport was expanded to include those turned away at the border, right?"

It is another example of changing the definitions of words that gov't uses. Other examples include invest instead of tax, unemployment used to be U6, but has been changed to U3 because U6 was too high a number and the People were not happy with the high unemployment numbers, so instead of more jobs created gov't changed and lowered the bar so the numbers would look better.

Armymom7

There is no reason we can't be compassionate to those waiting at the border. We'll gas up the buses, treat them to a real American meal at McDonald's, then provide a military escort to Canada. They want to come North, then help them to get really far North.

worddrow811

It seems to me that other people come here because they believe the falsehood that America is the land of opportunity and believe, that with hard work and perseverance, one can achieve their dreams.

Why not start holding the other countries accountable for their lack of opportunities? Go after the drug cartels, stop spending billions on military might, that war is profit, and give everyone a decent place to raise their families in their home countries.

Start deporting the politicians who don't do right by their constituents and let them experience the poverty that they expect others to accept as their 'fate'.

We have the ability, it requires no more than a willingness to do it.

coasterfan

As a result of the new influx of refugees from Central America, Obama is working with Congress to fast-track deportation of illegal aliens. He has already deported more than 2 million, far more than other recent presidents.

We'll see if Congress does their part. Conservatives are asking for an immediate solution to the problem. The only way to make our border more secure is to hire more border guards or to build a more restrictive border. Both options will require bigger expenditures from a government agency, the Dept. of Homeland Security. In essence, conservatives are advocating the need for BIGGER government.

Which, of course, is what they all really want, when push comes to shove. When a tornado or hurricane hits their house, Republicans want their government FEMA assistance. When they drive their car, they use interstates and bridges that were built with federal and state funds that we all support through taxation. When they live in Texas (which receives more federal government assistance than any other state), when they use Medicare to pay for medical expenses, when they join the military, when they (like the rest of us) send a sizeable portion of their taxes to fund our inflated national defense budget, when they support tax breaks for millionaires, they are supporting some of the biggest government programs of all.

grumpy

"Conservatives are asking for an immediate solution to the problem. The only way to make our border more secure is to hire more border guards or to build a more restrictive border. Both options will require bigger expenditures from a government agency, the Dept. of Homeland Security. In essence, conservatives are advocating the need for BIGGER government."

Are you now going to say that your solution of taking in these hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will not cause gov't to grow? That these 100,000+ illegal immigrants won't require more bureaucrats to keep track of them and their needs? More bureaucrats to administer to their needs, more bureaucrats to bring them to more courts when they will gladly come for their immigration hearings? More investigators to check on their claims of need to come to the US? For people to educate these children?

You do realize that every immigration bill written has had as a part of it, finishing the fence and more border security? We are just asking that the fence and border security be done FIRST, so that we can control the immigration, that LEGAL immigration can proceed. Not mass uncontrolled, unmanaged, illegal immigration, but LEGAL immigration.

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The Hero Zone

Don't forget such expenditures are quite Constitutional as this is about national defense. I don't mind necessarily if the money to build a wall or bases comes from what the government already gives the military. If you'd like we can ask coasterfan how much that is since he laments our level of spending there. This way something tangible would be done with it.

grumpy

It is just coaster being coaster and repeating his party's line ... Don't be cruel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y...

Donegan

Force Coasterfan and his ilk to take in the illegals and we can all watch the hypocrites change their tune.
No one i know is advocating for bigger government except brain dead liberals who are brain washed into thinking government is god and they are helpless.

SamAdams

That's a great idea! Let's hold a national referendum on the issue.

Every man or woman who votes in FAVOR of letting all of the illegals stay has to take an illegal family into their family home just, you know, until they get on their feet...

Every man or woman who votes AGAINST anything but border enforcement and prompt deportation gets to point and laugh at the entertainment soon to be offered up by bleeding heart progressives who suddenly discover they're in favor of border control after all.

Darwin's choice

Coasterfan,big dog, deertracker, holysee, and any of you obama leg humpers.....

When obama demanded money for these children, 2 billion dollars, there were over 46,000 that were HERE, since april, and there has been more than 240,000 Adult illegals along with them.

It's costing the American taxpayers $252 per day to house/feed these children. It's time to wake up and see this is not viable!

Do any of you remember some years ago, the democrats had a child removed from his family home by armed agents, and sent back to a communist country? It was front page news.....

obama/failing

Truth2u

One only has to look at the news articles on www.drudgereport.com to see how inept this president is and how is is deliberately trying everything possible to destroy our nation.

Obama said that he would do everything possible to reduce America's position so the rest of the world could compete and he's keeping his promise.

jazzbo

Your comment shows your lack of intelligence to refer to the Drudge report.

He's trying to destroy this country - you must be out of your mind.

SamAdams

Okay, maybe he's NOT trying to destroy the country. But here's where we stand right now:

He's NOT trying to destroy the country, but since he obviously is, he's an idiot and a dangerous one at that.

--- OR ---

He IS trying to destroy the country and is just about the most successful president EVER at achieving his personal agenda.

They can't both be true, obviously, but one of those things sure is and NEITHER bodes well for the vast majority of us!

jazzbo

Nahh , he's not an idiot.

The Republican Congress, now were're talking about idiots.

sugar

And now because of Obama we are a nation of illegal immigrants.

Darwin's choice

And jazzbo's......!

obama/failed