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President Obama's Immigration Policy "Guiding Principles"

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President Obama's Immigration Policy

President Obama with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) falls under the aegis of Homeland Security.

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Updated April 07, 2010
The following article sets forth President Obama's basic goals and underlying principles for immigration policies and plans under his administration.

The White House
Immigration - Guiding Principles

"President Obama believes that our broken immigration system can only be fixed by putting politics aside and offering a complete solution that secures our border, enforces our laws, and reaffirms our heritage as a nation of immigrants. He believes our immigration policy should be driven by our best judgment of what is in the economic interest of the United States and what is in the best interest of the American worker.

"President Obama recognizes that an orderly, controlled border and an immigration system designed to meet our economic needs are important pillars of a healthy and robust economy.

Strengthen Border Control

"President Obama will protect the integrity of our borders by investing in additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.

Improve Our Immigration System

"President Obama will fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and enable legal immigration so that families can stay together.

Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally

"President Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by preventing employers from hiring undocumented workers and enforcing the law.

Bring People Out of the Shadows

"President Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.

Work with Mexico

"President Obama will promote economic development in Mexico to decrease the economic desperation that leads to illegal immigration."

Source - The White House website, April 2010

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