Obama Spends July 4th With New Citizens
President Obama, as is his custom, spent July 4th with military families, at a White House backyard barbecue, but he began the day presiding over a citizenship ceremony for 25 new citizens.
“Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a nation of immigrants,” Mr. Obama said. “And that’s why, as another step forward, we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who were brought to this country as children. It’s why we still need a Dream Act — to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country.
Immigration is another issue that sets him apart from Mitt Romney. I wonder how that issue polls in the swing-states that everyone says will determine the election in November. It's likely to help him in Colorado and Nevada, but what about the others? [More...]
The reality is Obama's immigration reform is far too limited.
Mr. Obama used the occasion both to recall his recent order suspending deportation of people brought to the United States illegally as children and to once again urge Congress to pass the so-called Dream Act, which would grant legal status, not citizenship, to such people who serve in the military or seek higher education in the United States.
There are 12 million undocumented residents who need relief, not just those in the military and students. But under a Republican administration, none would get relief. So once again, Obama is a better choice.
The White House barbecue was well-themed for the holiday. Lemonade and cotton candy and a country music show.
In the evening, with the temperature still in the 90s, Mr. Obama and Michelle Obama mingled on the South Lawn with casually dressed service members, some in wheelchairs, and their families amid tables clothed in red, white and blue and tents with lemonade and cotton candy stands. Entertainment included the Marine Corps band, the country music star Brad Paisley and, of course, the annual fireworks display on the National Mall — viewed from a prime location.
Actually sounds like a fun time.
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