Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Obama heckled as he tries to woo Hispanic voters by hailing importance of immigrants to U.S. - 11th May 2011

President Obama was heckled as he made a blatant attempt to woo Hispanic voters today by hailing the importance of immigrants to the American economy.

Speaking in El Paso, Texas, close to Mexican the border, the President pledged to escalate legislation that would offer a pathway to the nation’s millions of illegal immigrants.

But the President also claimed border controls between the U.S. and Mexico had never been more stringent.

Obama said:'We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants - a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America’s precepts.

'It doesn’t matter where you come from. What matters is that you believe in the ideals on which we were founded, that you believe all of us are equal. In embracing America, you can become American. That is what makes this country great.'

The President was broadly cheered by supporters as he told how immigrants were an essential part of the economic recovery and said he wanted to offer a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.

But he was then heckled as he made reference to the 'fence' between the U.S. and Mexico, with shouts of 'tear it down' from the crowd. Read More

OBAMA'S SPEECH IN QUOTES


'We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants - a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America’s ideals and America’s precepts.'

'Maybe they [Republicans] will need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.'

'Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, and is an immigrant himself. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Rupert Murdoch’s views, but let’s just say he doesn’t have an Obama sticker on his car.'

'This flow of immigrants has helped make this country stronger and more prosperous. We can point to the genius of Einstein, the designs of IM. Pei, the stories of Isaac Asimov, the entire industries that were forged by Andrew Carnegie.'

'That’s the promise of this country - that anyone can write the next chapter in our story. It doesn’t matter where you come from.'

'We’re here at the border because we also recognize that being a nation of laws goes hand in hand with being a nation of immigrants.'

'Look at Intel, look at Google, look at Yahoo, look at eBay. All those great American companies, all the jobs they’ve created, everything that has helped us take leadership in the high-tech industry, every one of those was founded by, guess who, an immigrant.'

'So immigration is not just the right thing to do. It’s smart for our economy.'