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Obama Calls for 'Political Courage' on Immigration Reform


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Cal
- 489 days ago - firstread.nbcnews.com
President Barack Obama called for lawmakers in Washington to muster the "political courage" to pass comprehensive immigration reform that he can sign into law "as soon as possible."



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Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 1:02 pm
To give a blanket immigration approval, would be a disaster for this country. Especially as Obama has not created an immigrastion reform bill for the people who enter this country illegally daily.
This does not take "political courage", it takes responsible, moral, economic , social responsibility to say enough is enough..
 

Christeen Anderson (480)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 4:27 pm
I'm standing with Allan on this. Thank you.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:09 pm
Thanks.
 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:28 pm
Allan is not representing the ideal way to address this issue -- he denies the fact that, aside from Native Americans, we are all immigrants (my ancestors came on the Mayflower - to take this country from the Native Americans and deliver smallpox in return) -- we must absolutely give a legitimate means to provide those who have come here a means to become "legitimate" -- we are the same ones who have exploited most of these people for our own advantage, knowing full well that we were doing so out of greed and also to gain "soldiers" for our ill-conceived wars -- so NO Allan you are absolutely and abhorrently wrong in making a blanket statement that might renounce all immigrants as "illegals" -- it's a case by case basis, and one that we are responsible for not only creating, but also to bring justice to those who have been exploited for so many years -- the President set forward a reasonable challenge and one that is still - "exploitive" in my opinion, but can at least bring justice to some of our most patriotic in our communities!
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 6:24 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Scott haakon (4)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 1:44 am
Yes first have them obey the law just like a US citizen would do. Punish employers of illegal aliens. Deport those who came illegally. While it is not the child's fault that their parents violated the law being repatriated is not a death sentence. Better it will help dissuade the migration of low skilled workers to the US.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 1:49 am
A blanket immigration law is just plain wrong..............
 

Sherri G. (111)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:46 am
Lee said my thoughts on the matter beautifully.
 

Linda M. (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:21 am
Sorry Lee but YOU are wrong
When our ancestors came to this country they
Lived by the law HERE they came here for a
Better life they learned the language here
And loved this country
They didn't come here illegally, demand that
We teach their native language in our schools
Live off of welfare, cuss and belittle America
Hoist their native flag and fly the American flag
Upside down and below theirs
These people love their heritage so much then
Why not stay in their own wonderful country in
Stead of coming here and trying to change ours
I am sick of it I do not understand what politicians
Do not understand about the word ILLEGAL
If you can't come here live by our laws and the
First one is come here legally then stay where you
Are
 

Ro H. (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 5:31 am
ty
 

John S. (297)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 5:58 am
Political courage, immigration reform is for all groups, not a potential voting block. I have lived, legally, in 4 countries on indefinite and finite permits. When I was getting married and wanted my fiance to meet my parents, they would not let her into the USA (because we might marry here, even though we were both working in London). After 16 years of marriage, my wife stills obtains a visa to visit the USA (and she is a British national). By all means, come up with some sensible solutions, but not political solutions.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 7:05 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 9:54 am
illegals make it so good qualified legal immigrants don't get to come here. our system is so backed up with giving illegals a free pass that people who would be an asset to our country can't get in. we tried the free pass once before and look what we got. stop the free passes and make them follow the law. kids came here with parents they can go back with parents. illegals are costing tax payers billions. time to stop it not add to it. obama is just looking for votes.
 

. (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 11:36 am
Totally agree with Allen, thanks for the post
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 12:21 pm
I'm with Allan on this one too.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:01 pm
Noted. I'm delighted by new citizens and I wish that Congress would get it straight when it comes to America's history and honour those who would want to become part of our nation, troubled as it is.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:05 pm
I'm delighted with new citizens also but these are illegals. How are the taxpayers going to pay for THEIR healthcare, food stamps, etc? We are already having trouble paying for those Americans who actually pay taxes.

Liberals want to save the world but they never know how they'll pay for it. Keep raising taxes and one day you look like a European country where their citizens pay upward of 50% of their income in taxes. Rarely do the taxes come down. They always go up to pay for those who either can't pay or don't want to pay.

Obama is clever with his "words" this time he uses the word "courage." Big deal. We are talking about using common sense and courage has nothing to do with it.

 

Nyack Clancy (429)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:10 pm
Illegals pre-pay with the wages Americans DONT pay them to pick their food crops and wash their dirty dishes and clean their toilets.

Where is YOUR common sense Diane? Slavery and free labor went out of style centuriess ago.
 

Diane O. (149)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 2:19 pm
Paying state and federal taxes is what we are focusing on here. The type of work a person opts to do in a country is a personal choice. When illegals cross our borders they seem to want to stay under the tax radar and perhaps that is the reason they have to take the lower wage jobs...again, under the table.

This is about common sense. This is about America. No one gets a free ride. If an illegal wants to become an American citizens they need to do the paperwork before stepping across the border and breaking the law.

We have laws in America. Illegals entering our country without proper paperwork in hand are breaking the law.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:01 pm
Noted
 

Linda M. (0)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 6:34 pm
Nyack if these people are treated so
poorly in the US then they should stay in
their own country where the terrible Americans
Can not take advantage of them
Obviously life in their home country
Would be better for them and their own people
And government will treat them better and
With your obvious distasteful opinion of Americans
Maybe you would be happier with them
 

Julie F. (48)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 7:25 pm
Noted...remember the courage it took them to come here, trying to find a better way of life.
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 8:38 pm
gotta love the illegal sneaking across the boarder when mc cain was speaking. oh yes our boarders are secure. they don't even wait till dark come in during daylight. they sure are worried about being sent back or breaking our laws. they thumb their noses at our laws because they know obama and his fools will give them a free pass.
 

Diane O. (149)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 2:25 am
Our country was built on the backs of immigrants. I don't recall reading anything in the history books how they entered our country illegally. They had their papers "in hand" reading to live a better life in America. And they were proud to be an American. What is happening today is quite different.

Think about the illegals laeled as criminals who have been detained in our country and many of them have been released into our society. This is why the law should be upheld. If they are criminals we don't want them in our country and this is precisely why the paperwork is necessary to weed these people out. Yet, they are able to cross our borders anyway.

We should be giving our veterans jobs by putting them on our borders. Think about the revenue they would ibring to the border towns buying homes, renting apartments, buying appliances, paying state taxes, etc. Who better to protec our borders than our veterans?

There's so much we could be doing now but with Obama in the White House nothing gets done.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 3:42 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 5:36 am
Concur with the first post-Allan's. Obama wouldn't know courage or leadership if it hit him in the face. We should do nothing that changes the time honored methods of gaining legal citizenship and should repeal those laws -such as citizenship for the children of illegals- that hurt us. Diane has an interesting idea for bolstering the border forces with vets. Wouldn't it be nice of we had a veteran's preference for all jobs?

For that matter, it would be fantatsic if prior service were required for all political office holders!
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 4:34 pm
noted,thank you
 
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