Sunday, May 05, 2013

President Obama Touts Immigration Reform In Cinco de Mayo Statement

The Mexican holiday "reminds us that America’s diversity is America’s strength," President says...
President Obama notes his trip to Mexico this week in a statement issued on Sunday morning marking Cinco de Mayo, where he also touts his push for comprehensive immigration reform.

"In Mexico, I...emphasized the need to pass commonsense immigration reform that lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, including generations of Mexican Americans who have enriched our country," President Obama said.  

"Fixing our immigration system is one of my top legislative priorities and I am hopeful that we can make  immigration reform a reality this year."

The visit was the President's fourth to Mexico and the second foreign trip of his second term.  In his first term, President Obama annually hosted a big Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House, but there has not yet been an announcement for a 2013 fiesta.  

President Obama traveled to Ohio State University on Sunday to deliver the commencement address, his first of the season. 

The President's full statement:

"Today we honor the victory of the Mexican people in their fight for freedom at the Battle of Puebla 151 years ago.  On Cinco de Mayo we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Mexican Americans and we recognize the strong cultural, familial, and economic ties that bind the United States and Mexico.

This week, I was proud to visit Mexico to reaffirm our vision for the Americas as a region of shared opportunity and prosperity.  I left even more convinced that we have historic opportunities to expand trade and make our economies even more competitive, so that we continue creating good jobs in both of our countries.

In Mexico, I also emphasized the need to pass commonsense immigration reform that lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, including generations of Mexican Americans who have enriched our country. Fixing our immigration system is one of my top legislative priorities and I am hopeful that we can make  immigration reform a reality this year.

Cinco de mayo reminds us that America’s diversity is America’s strength. Today, as we celebrate the contributions and history of Mexican Americans and Hispanics in America, let us celebrate the larger story of America and our unique immigrant heritage."
 

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