WASHINGTON – At a Wednesday ceremony in the White House, 25 active duty military became U.S. citizens, while President Barack Obama used the event as a way to talk about immigration reform.
“America’s success demands comprehensive immigration reform,” said the president, adding that a “Dream Act” legislation is still needed in order to help young immigrants obtain permanent residency.
“For just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants…That’s why we still need a Dream Act to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country,” said Obama.
According to the president, the newly naturalized military members serve as an example of how the American dream “endures for all those…who are willing to work hard, play by the rules and meet their responsibilities.”
Last month, Obama announced a deferred action policy that would cease deporting young illegal immigrants provided they meet certain requirements.
However, in the wake of the president’s plight for immigration reform, the Supreme Court recently allowed a controversial provision in Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law to pass. The provision requires that police check the legal status of those they stop during routine traffic infractions if they suspect the person is an illegal immigrant.
It seems like when immigration reform takes one step forward, it is forced to take three steps back. If you or someone you know needs help obtaining a green card or any other immigration-related matter, contact an immigration lawyer immediately for help.
Immigration attorneys care about your needs and will fight for your rights. They can help you obtain legal status, find a job or even contest criminal charges. Call to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney near you to get started on you case.
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