June 6, 2015
Today President Obama asked immigrants to share their stories of how they came to America. He stressed the urgent need for immigration reform. Here is his message:
President Obama emphasized that we are a nation of immigrants. He is calling on everyone to tell the story of how they or their family came to this country.
All of the nonresidents of Saipan should tell the story of how they came to America and how many years they have been in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) living and working as valuable community members, but without a pathway to citizen.
Stories can be told at this link:
The New American Project offers a voice for the nonresident workers in the CNMI who are so far from Washington, DC.
From The White House website:
"The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life — it is in our DNA. We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more creative, makes us different. From all these different strands, we make something new here in America." President Barack Obama, July 4, 2014
Our proud tradition of continually welcoming immigrants and refugees from around the world is part of what makes America exceptional. It's what makes us dynamic and entrepreneurial. We're a group of people bound together by the power of a simple idea – that everyone willing to work hard and play by the rules is welcome. On November 21, 2014, the President established the White House Task Force on New Americans — a government-wide effort tasked with better integrating immigrants and refugees into American communities in three key areas: civically, economically, and linguistically.
Want to get more details about the Task Force's recommendations? Read their strategic action plan here.
This isn't just a priority because it's the right thing to do. It's also vital to our economic future. Immigrants start 28 percent of new businesses — and immigrants or the children of immigrants have founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, which collectively employ more than 10 million people worldwide. And over the next 20 years, immigrants and their children will account for 85 percent of the net growth in our labor force.
Your actions in your community matter, and there is something that you can do right now. Share your story, find a local service project, and choose from a variety of immigration resources to learn more about your family's history or access the tools you need for your own citizenship process.