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Obama says immigration overhaul is essential

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by MaxShimba, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. MaxShimba

    MaxShimba JF-Expert Member

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    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Friday he is committed to a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a way for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

    Obama is hosting a small group of senators and House members at the White House next Thursday to discuss how to move the stalled issue forward, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. People who disagree with the president's positions on immigration reform are among those being invited, he said.

    "We know the votes aren't there right now," Gibbs said, adding that one way to try to change that is to talk about legislative approaches different from previous proposals.
    Obama told the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference that U.S. borders must be strengthened to thwart illegal immigration. But he also supports giving the millions of people now in the U.S. illegally the chance to become citizens.

    He said they must pay a fine and taxes, learn English and "go to the back of the line" of people trying to enter the United States from their home country.

    "That is the fair, practical, and promising way forward, and that's what I'm committed to passing as president of the United States," Obama said.
    He added: "The American people believe in immigration, but they also believe that we can't tolerate a situation where people come to the United States in violation of the law, nor can we tolerate employers who exploit undocumented workers in order to drive down wages."
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    Obama Obama, unakazi kubwa sana,
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    Public confidence in the U.S. presidency has soared in the past year, reflecting high approval ratings for Barack Obama, a poll released Wednesday indicates.
    Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions survey found the percentage of Americans saying they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the presidency has nearly doubled since June 2008, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, from 26 percent to 51 percent.
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    Tatizo nae Obama kaingia na ahadi nyingi kama Jakaya Kikwete. JK alishinda kura kwa zaidi ya 80%. Tatizo nae alitoa ahadi ambazo mpaka sasa hajawezi kutimiza nyingi ya hizo ahadi. Challenge ya Obama sasa ni kutimiza walau asilimia kubwa ya ahadi alizotoa. Sasa hivi yuko kwenye "honeymoon" period na kipindi hicho kikiisha he will be under more pressure to deliver.