The issue of immigration reform has taken the limelight in the United States in recent times. Advocacy groups, lawmakers, religious leaders and social media executives have all been hitting the headlines, turning the debate into a full blown media storm. With representatives of both major political parties having made their statements in committee meetings, interviews and press conferences, President Barack Obama is now getting ready to promote his immigration reform plan overseas.
The Los Angeles Times says that President Obama is visiting a naturalization ceremony in South Korea to honor those who died in the Korean War. He intends to offer a tribute to the services that are provided by naturalized US citizens and deliver a speech in Seoul outlining his position on immigration reform. The President’s speech will send a clear message to the whole world reinforcing and recognizing the importance and value of immigrants to the United States, according to officials who are involved with the special event.
High profile members of Congress are also joining the President in recognizing the importance of immigrants and are starting to demand action. House Speaker John Boehner recently hit the headlines for mocking his Republican colleagues over their reluctance to deal with the controversial issue.
“We get elected to make choices,” Boehner is quoted as saying. Adding: “We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. They’ll take the path of least resistance.”