What’s wrong with this letter?
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans who are concerned about immigration, and I appreciate your perspective.
Americans are frustrated with our Nation’s broken immigration system, and I share that frustration. We need an immigration system that is fair and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. That is why I have proposed a commonsense plan that would continue to strengthen our borders; crack down on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers; create a path to earned citizenship for immigrants here illegally that requires them to pay taxes, learn English, and pay a fine; and streamline the legal immigration system so America can continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest from around the world. That is how we can reaffirm our heritage as both a Nation of immigrants and a Nation of laws.
To make these fixes, we need Congress to act—and I remain deeply committed to working in a bipartisan way to enact commonsense immigration reform. But until they take action, my Administration will continue to do everything we can to strengthen our borders and enforce the law.
Since I took office, we have invested an unprecedented amount of resources, technology, and manpower to secure our borders. Our efforts are producing real results. Today, our Southern border is more secure than ever, with more law enforcement personnel than at any time in American history—and there are fewer illegal crossings now than at any time in the past 40 years. Crime rates along the border are down, and we have seized more illegal guns, cash, and drugs than in years past. In addition to doing what is necessary to secure our borders, my Administration is implementing a smart, effective immigration enforcement policy that includes taking action against employers who knowingly exploit people and break the law.
Smarter enforcement also includes focusing our resources on high-priority individuals who threaten our national security or pose a threat to the safety of American communities, and not on young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own. On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow eligible young people who do not present a risk to our national security or public safety to apply for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. This is not a path to citizenship, and it is not a permanent fix—only Congress can provide that. It is a temporary measure to allow us to focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, and patriotic young people who are American in every way but on paper.
My Administration has also worked to strengthen, streamline, and update our legal immigration system through administrative reforms—making it easier for employers, immigrants, and families to navigate the system. Through the innovative “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative, we are gaining insight into business realities and streamlining existing pathways for highly skilled, foreign-born entrepreneurs to create businesses and jobs in our country. In 2012, I issued an Executive Order to make it easier and safer for international travelers to visit America, and to create a national strategy to better reap the economic benefits of travel and tourism. We have worked to support family unity by providing a provisional waiver for certain American families to reduce the length of time United States citizens are separated from their loved ones during the immigrant visa application process. We have also reduced barriers to citizenship by creating tools to help applicants through the naturalization process.
By creating a 21st-century immigration system that is true to our principles, our Nation will remain a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for all. To learn more about my Administration’s plan for immigration reform, please visit http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration. For additional information and resources on current immigration and enforcement efforts, I encourage you to visit http://www.DHS.gov or call 1-800-375-5283.
Thank you, again, for writing.
I thought we were experiencing a humanitarian crisis on the border. Wow, was I misinformed or what? Thank you Barack Obama for setting things straight for me. I will be calling DHS at the number you provided to correct them on the current status of our border. Someone should definitely be fired over the current political “chatter” that is stating otherwise!
I am more than willing to share my country (yes, mine not yours) but not by hostile takeover. I too have struggled and with media outlets such as CNN telling me that it is my moral obligation to help the rest of the world (my global neighbors) regardless of the jeopardy I may place my family in, I felt the need to highlight the “REAL” American Dream.
2. Pay taxes
3. Pay more taxes
4. Help your global neighbors worldwide as apparently there is not a country on this earth that could make it on its own without the United States – this equals $$ from your pocket
5. Help your global neighbors that are in your country – once again, $$ from your pocket
6. Watch, listen , and read as your government hands out your tax dollars to everyone but U.S. citizens
7. Take care of yourself and family – if there is anything left
Note: for help with this step please send enquiries to:
POTUS Pay My Bills
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20500
Please remember that this option is only available for NON-citizens. If you are actually documented requesting assistance at the above address will NOT work.
8. Cry at night in your cardboard box under a bridge as you watch buses drive by and chartered planes fly overhead carrying NON-citizens, illegal, and undocumented (as in should not be here) to their American dream of financial freedom and our government paying for everything from food and shelter, to medical care. (I mean that’s what taxes are for right?) Yes, we do have obamacare for citizens but, how many are still uninsured because they fall in the gap of not making enough for a government subsidy but, make too much for Medicaid?
Where is the moral obligation to the United States, our citizens, and families? Can’t pay your bills? Are you a citizen? Yes. Can’t help you. Our government has chosen (because they felt it in their heart and you should too) to ensure the well-being of the rest of the world and Americans last. Our humanitarian crises are being ignored (homeless, veterans, single-moms, single-dads; wait, I’ll just stop this list as ALL American citizens should be included). Funding for all domestic programs has been cut, and why?
Because Americans are not a priority in America.
(We still want your money though)
Happy Easter everyone!
My family and I have had an amazing day. Living at the beach has allowed us to enjoy holidays on a new level. We attended a sunrise service on the beach with our toes in the sand. Oh, and what beautiful imagery nature provided for us today; Sun rising, pelicans flying over the water, and waves crashing to shore . You couldn’t help but have a smile on your face.
Galveston has definitely spoiled me. I’m not sure I will ever be able to go back from doing things the “beach way”. Life is laid back, relaxed, and doesn’t start exactly on time here. It’s kind of like the scenery mesmerizes you and you don’t have a choice. Even if you were to get in a hurry it wouldn’t matter as no-one else is. You’d be all alone on that one!
Our life wasn’t always this “relaxed”. We were a military family for many years. Both my husband and myself were active duty military (and you might as well include the kids with everything they had to do) with very strict schedules. We lived on a military post where everyone had strict schedules and moved with such precision. “Laid back” just didn’t fit in this place. Everyone had a million things to get done, a million places to go and all before 6:30 a.m.
It was an easy choice for me when the time came for me to be released from active duty. I wanted to give my kids a break and I definitely needed one too. Living at the beach with its leisurely atmosphere has provided that break for us and showed us a new way of life where we can notice the little details of day to day living. It was hard at first as our minds literally rebelled at the idea of sleeping past 5 a.m., but we have grown accustomed to it and now realize we can accomplish just as much if not more if we sleep in until 7. My kids are especially thankful for that and it looks like we are going to be doing things the “beach way” for quite a while.
Thankful in Galveston.
All photos used by permission from Adrien Hook. He’s 11 and already has a great talent for photography.
Just in time for Easter!
These bacon muffins are delicious and easy. They only require a few ingredients and you don’t have to be a master chef as these bacon muffins use pre-packaged biscuit dough! Give these a try and they will soon become a favorite.
1 can of biscuit dough
3 slices of bacon ( you can use turkey bacon or even sausage if you prefer)
1/4 cup shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
1. Fry bacon and crumble.
2. Use a nonstick muffin tin and press biscuits into 10 holes with edges extending over the top.
4. Add the crumbled bacon on top and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Playas sirena is spanish for mermaid beaches. English and Spanish are spoken in our home regularly. I wanted to incorporate this into my blog while also staying true to myself.
My dream finally came true in 2010 when we closed on our very first house, a Beach House! I have wanted a beach house since I was a little girl and now I have one. Hence the name ,Mermaid Beaches (doesn’t hurt that I love all things mermaid).
Its kind of like those dreams you have in life for your future where everything is all planned out; great job, marriage, house, family, dog. Well, in my life those things aren’t exactly going in that order. I have the marriage, house and family but 2 cats replaced the dog and I’m still working on the great job. (the house was a biggie and makes up for a lot!)
Also, does it matter that I really like mermaids but don’t have any? I guess my blog can be my first real “mermaid” item.
P.S. My husband is an artist and can draw mermaids(or anything for that matter) like there is no tomorrow and I still don’t have my mermaid. Go figure………
She is magnificent. Has been since the beginning. Her first little grunt, that crinkle of her nose; my heart melted in an instant. I have watched her use the tiniest movements of a baby’s kick to running the 1600m race as part of the track team. I held the littlest baby compared once to a doll and now gaze upon the young lady taller than myself.
All innocence from the beginning. Ready to conquer the world. She has me trembling with what she has accomplished and what is yet to come. As my dear daughter enters high school and the next stage of her life I hope I can keep up with as much charm as has been shown by her.
I know that one day she may leave me and I am working towards being able to accept it gracefully for I know she will return. She will make her mark on the world this daughter of mine and all my support, hope and love will be here for her. There is magic in the air with this one!
P.S. Fair warning to everyone.. Be prepared for a world takeover. Kara has embraced life and everything it has to offer. She will not take no for an answer and she will get what she wants!