Obama se reúne con líderes hispanos

Informe sobre la reunión del Presidente con los líderes del Comité Hispano del Congreso

El Presidente y funcionarios principales de la Administración se reunieron esta mañana con los líderes del Comité Hispano del Congreso para tratar la necesidad de hacer las cosas más justas para la clase media y fomentar su crecimiento mediante un arreglo a nuestro sistema de inmigración que está descompuesto, de manera que todo el mundo se rija por las mismas reglas.  El Presidente agradeció a los miembros del comité su liderazgo sostenido sobre el asunto, y reiteró que esto representa una prioridad legislativa importante.

El Presidente se mostró complacido con los comentarios de los miembros del comité e indicó que comparten la misma visión, incluyendo el hecho de que toda legislación tiene que incluir un camino para conseguir la ciudadanía.  El Presidente también indicó que no se justifica ningún obstáculo ni demora.  El Presidente dejó claro que continuará liderando el debate sobre este asunto, y que está dispuesto a colaborar con el Comité Hispano del Congreso y con otros miembros clave del Congreso en un proceso bipartidista para llevar adelante el debate en la oportunidad más próxima posible.

El Presidente viajará a Nevada el martes para redoblar los esfuerzos de la Administración para colaborar con el Congreso para componer el sistema de inmigración descompuesto en este año. (Fuente: Casa Blanca)

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership

The President and Senior Administration Officials met this morning with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the need to make things fairer for and grow the middle class by fixing our broken immigration system so everyone plays by the same rules. The President thanked the Members for their long standing leadership on the issue, and reiterated that this is a top legislative priority.

The President was pleased to hear from CHC members and noted that they share the same vision, including that any legislation must include a path to earned citizenship. The President further noted that there is no excuse for stalling or delay. The President made it clear he will continue to lead on this issue, and that he looks forward to working with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other key Members of Congress in a bipartisan process to move this debate forward at the earliest possible opportunity.

The President will be traveling to Nevada on Tuesday to redouble the Administration’s efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year. (Source: White House)

Statement from NDN President Simon Rosenberg:

“We are pleased to see reports today that the White House has begun its effort to pass immigration reform in earnest.
As we move forward on this debate, it is critical to recognize how much circumstances have changed since we began the process of reforming our immigration system back in 2005.
A few examples:

Success on the Border – Additional resources, better strategies, and enhanced cooperation with Mexico have brought about significant improvement in the border region.  Net migration of undocumented immigrants into the US has dropped from 500,000 a year a decade ago to zero today, crime on the US side of the border has plummeted, all while legal trade and tourism with Mexico have grown at very rapid levels.

Mexico Is Growing, Modernizing – The Mexican “baby boom” which encouraged so many Mexicans to migrate into the US has ended, and the Mexican economy is producing far more better paying jobs. The birth rate per Mexican woman had fallen from 7.3 in 1960 to almost 2 today.  Mexican economic growth is equally significant: by 2010, Mexican GNI per capita had risen to nearly $9,000, up from $3,250 in 1991.  Today Mexico is the 13th largest economy in the world, is America’s 3rd largest trading partner and 2nd largest export market.  If current trends continue, Mexico will be the 5th largest economy in the world by 2050.The result of these developments is that the enormous flow of undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the U.S. we saw in the decade of the 2000s is almost certainly never going to be replicated.

The Immigration System Is Better – While Congress failed to act, the Obama Administration has taken a series of steps to improve the legal immigration system in the US in recent years, including: prioritizing criminal migrants for deportation, making it easier for families to stay together during the legalization process, replacing work place raids with more targeted and effective I-9 audits and removing the threat of deportation from deserving undocumented youth.

For those in Washington working on a 2013 Immigration Reform legislative package, it is essential that they take into account how much safer the border region is today, how much better the legal immigration system is, and how much Mexico itself is changing. We are optimistic that the two parties can come together this year, building on the success of recent years, and take the critical next steps to reform the immigration system in America.”

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