unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2010, 39 percent entered in 2000 or later, and 62 percent of those illegal immigrants were from Mexico.
President Obama will be bringing his Memorandum: Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century - to the United States Supreme Court for determination soon.
This memorandum called for streamlining immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing, with a focus on reforms that improve services for applicants.
President Obama also issued a second Presidential Memorandum: Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees on November 21st of 2014 directing the establishment of a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration. How many departments of the government did this Memorandum call into action? It calls on the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Education, the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, the Director of the National Economic Council, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
On June 17th of 2014 President Obama released a memorandum titled: Response to the Influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children Across the Southwest Border (for the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies). The memorandum stated that the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) across the southwest border of the United States has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response. President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish an interagency Unified Coordination Group (UCG) to ensure unity of effort across the executive branch in responding to the humanitarian aspects of the situation, consistent with the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 (Management of Domestic Incidents)(HSPD-5), including coordination with State, local, and other nonfederal entities.
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During a Law Enforcement Briefing on Immigration on May 13th of 2014 President Obama said "The immigration system that we have right now makes it harder, not easier, for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs. It makes it harder for law enforcement to know when dangerous people cross our borders. It makes it harder for business owners who play by the rules to compete when they’re undercut by those who would exploit workers in a shadow economy."
On July 13th of 2013 President Obama used his internet weekly address titled Strengthening our Economy by Passing Immigration Reform to bring the subject to the public to roll political pressure on after the Senate passage of an Immigration reform Bill in June of 2013.
From President Obama's statement on the Senate Passage of Immigration Reform "Today, with a strong bipartisan vote, the United States Senate delivered for the American people, bringing us a critical step closer to fixing our broken immigration system once and for all. I thank Majority Leader Reid, Senator Leahy, Senator Schumer, and every member of the ‘Gang of Eight’ for their leadership, and I commend all Senators who worked across party lines to get this done. We have a unique opportunity to fix our broken system in a way that upholds our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. We just need Congress to finish the job."
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