News Americas, LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Tues. Jan. 29, 2013: The West Indian population in the United States may have no Census category to truly self-identity; nor have any exact numbers on the total population in the United States, but they came up for mention by President Obama during his remarks on immigration in Las Vegas Tuesday.
Whether they came from the West Indies, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Scandinavia, Poland, China or Japan, “you came from someplace else,” noted the President.
“Somebody brought you. … All those folks, before they were ‘us,’ they were ‘them,’ he added.
The President was outlining his immigration reform plan a day after a bi-partisan group of senators outlined theirs.
He urged, like many over the years, comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, many of whom are also from the West Indies/Caribbean.
The President urged lawmaker to not let immigration reform get bogged down in an endless debate, since that’s been happening for a very long time.
He outlined a four part plan that he said he will push forth into Congress if they don’t act in a timely fashion on the bi-partisan Senate bill.
“And if Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away,” said Obama.
His proposal calls for a continuation of his administration’s plans to strengthen the borders; to crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers; hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship by requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks and streamlining the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
See the President’s full remarks here: