Today, during a speech from El Paso, Texas, President Obama laid out his vision for improving the United States immigration system.
While the speech focused on a wide range of immigration reform issues, President Obama highlighted several topics that are of critical importance to the economy and to the business community. As the economy continues to recover, the President made clear that immigration reform is vital to this cause. He recognized that “in a global marketplace, we need all the talent we can get – not just to benefit those individuals, but because their contributions will benefit all Americans.” This emphasis was echoed by the President’s top advisors: “We can’t out-educate, out-innovate and out-build our competitors without an immigration system that works for our economy.”
The White House also released a Blueprint for Building a 21st Century Immigration System, which documents the Administration’s immigration policy goals.