Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
President Obama welcomed 28 immigrants to the White House during a naturalization ceremony Monday.
Obama welcomed 28 immigrants into U.S. citizenship in the East Room.
During the ceremony Obama said, "...as we look out across this room, we're reminded that what makes somebody American isn't just their bloodlines, it's not just an accident of birth. It's a fidelity to our founding principles, a faith in the idea that anyone, anywhere, can write the next great chapter in this American story."
Obama made note of America being a nation of immigrants and said immigration makes the U.S. stronger. He said he knows the immigration system is broken and, after avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all.
He spoke of the need for Republicans and Democrats to tackle the problem together. "Everyone pretty much knows what's broken. Everybody knows how to fix it."
He also called for the strenghening of border security, holding kemployers accountable, and providing a responsible pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country.
For the last measure, he is recommending a background check, paying taxes and a penalty, learning English and then being placed at the back of the line, behind everyone who is trying to come into the country legally.
Obama called for a bill to be put forward and debate to be started next month.
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