slideshow: nine quotes from President Obama's immigration reform speech

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slideshow: nine quotes from President Obama's immigration reform speech

  • "I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix the system that’s been broken for way too long."

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  • "We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are, in our bones."

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  • "Immigration has always been an issue that inflames passions. That’s not surprising. There are a few things that are more important to us as a society than who gets to come here and call our country home. Who gets the privilege of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. That’s a big deal."

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  • "Unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from some place else, somebody brought you."

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  • "Right now we have 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. Eleven million men and women from all over the world who live their lives in the shadows… And the overwhelming majority of these individuals aren’t looking for any trouble. They’re contributing members of the community. They’re looking out for their families, they’re looking out for their neighbors. They’re woven into the fabric of our lives."

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  • "After all, immigrants helped start businesses like Google and Yahoo. They created entire new industries that in turn created new jobs and new prosperity for our citizens."

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  • "What makes somebody an American is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles."

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  • "Remember that this is not just a debate about policy. It’s about people. It’s about men and women and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story."

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  • "So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like. Smarter enforcement, a pathway to earned citizenship, improvements in the legal immigration system, so that we continue to be a magnet for the best and the brightest all around the world. It’s pretty straightforward."

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