President Biden’s first formal State of the Union address last Tuesday began with a show of unity by Americans against the war launched by Russia on Ukraine. However, as Americans gathered around their television sets and radios, everyone looked to hear something that would speak to their needs. Immigrants who make up the blood and soul of the country were no exception. While some remain optimistic that something will happen during his term in office, others have expressed disappointment with the pace of action to alleviate the anxiety that many in the community continue to live with. Here is an excerpt of the speech that directly addresses immigration:
“If we are to advance liberty and justice, we need to secure the Border and fix the immigration system. We can do both.
“At our border, we’ve installed new technology like cutting-edge scanners to better detect drug smuggling.
“We’ve set up joint patrols with Mexico and Guatemala to catch more human traffickers.
“We’re putting in place dedicated immigration judges so families fleeing persecution and violence can have their cases heard faster.
“We’re securing commitments and supporting partners in South and Central America to host more refugees and secure their own borders.
“We can do all this while keeping lit the torch of liberty that has led generations of immigrants to this land—my forefathers and so many of yours.
“Provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those on temporary status, farmworkers, and essential workers.
“Revise our laws so businesses have the workers they need and families don’t wait decades to reunite.
“It’s not only the right thing to do—it’s the economically smart thing to do.
“That’s why immigration reform is supported by everyone from labor unions to religious leaders to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Let’s get it done once and for all.”
Read the entire State Of The Union Address