State of the Union: Immigration Reform Receives Standing Ovation

February 12, 2013



















From President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"We are citizens. It's a word that doesn't just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we're made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story." 


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The SOTU address was a rehash of all the others. He give's wonderful eloquent speeches but just like CNN stated - same old, same old. 2016 he will depart the White House with an even stronger divide and blame game.

Anonymous said...

10:49 Better listen again. Boehnner and the Repugs are the dividers. They need to put their rattles away and get to work. Now Rubio, that was a sucky speech.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, why should undocumented workers get a speedier path to citizenship than immigrants who go through the legal way of doing it? It doesn't seem fair to the millions who stand in line and wait for years to finally get access to a green card while illegals who are breaking federal law get instant status.

Wendy Doromal said...

8:36 I do not believe anyone said that undocumented immigrants should get a speedier path to citizenship. I certainly NEVER said that. Should they have an earned pathway to citizenship? Absolutely. Should the legal, long-term nonresidents of the CNMI (those who have lived and worked in the CNMI for 5 or more years) be given permanent residency immediately. Absolutely. They need to be made whole now. They deserve no less.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the CNMI CWs. The Obama Administration has made it clear that he will deport immigrants. See here:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/08/27/obama-is-deporting-more-immigrants-than-bush-republicans-dont-think-thats-enough/

The CNMI is no exception and the sad truth is that all those wishing and praying for Federal takeover might just find themselves back on the mean streets of Metro Manila. See here:
http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/53645-uscis-no-grace-period-once-cw-1-application-extension-is-denied

The Federal Government and it's enforcers do not new each CW as a human entity but rather a number. Now you stated before that Ombuds Pamela Brown Blackburn was their lawyer. Are you saying that she actually legally represents them as her clients? With the USCIS office there what is Pam's purpose?

Wendy Doromal said...

10:16 Pam is the Federal Ombudsman. She assists foreign workers with their problems (See the sidebar) Please call the office with any questions.

The Obama Administration is anything but clear on deportations and compassionate treatment of out of status nonresidents. See the post above.

Anonymous said...

be cautious getting advice from anyone including the ombudsman who is in no way an expert on fed immigration. word around DC is that the interior departments investigation into actions taken in the insular affairs office is looking at all interior offices in the cnmi. grab some popcorn and see what happens when the interior investigation turns over all the rocks in the CNMI......

Wendy Doromal said...

11:53 I would be far more cautious of advice or words from someone who does not identify himself or herself, anonymous. Too bad federal officials did not have the wisdom to investigate the governor's office and the corrupt contracts and other illegal acts tied to the Fitial Administration. The incident at an international airport certainly deserved a full investigation.

Anonymous said...

no arguement there on the gov, dont understand why the feds won't or havent investigated the local gov. maybe afraid of coming on to harsh but there is no excuse for not investigating them