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The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Immigration

President Barack Obama outlined in his agenda five objectives in addressing immigration. They are:

1. Strengthen Border Control
2. Improve Our Immigration System
3. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
4. Bring People out of the Shadows
5. Work with Mexico

President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

* Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

* Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

* Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

* Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

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For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.
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July 08, 2014

FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.  The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources — including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers — to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border.  Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation.  DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children.  This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal.  Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/fact-sheet-emergency-supplemental-request-address-increase-child-and-adu

 

July 09, 2014

Statement by the President on Immigration

Dallas Love Field
Dallas, Texas

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just had a good meeting with Governor Perry, local officials, and faith leaders to talk about the steps that we have taken and that we need to take to address the humanitarian situation on the border. And I want to thank everybody who’s been involved for taking the time to talk to me.

It’s important to recognize two things. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and adults with children, are arriving at one sector of the border, and that’s the Rio Grande Valley. Second, the issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately, while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody.

While we intend to do the right thing by these children, their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay. And I’ve asked parents across Central America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.

Right now, there are more Border Patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 400,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate our response at the border. Members of my Cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there. And we’re also addressing the root of the problem. I sent Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson to meet with Central American leaders, as well as working with our international partners to go after smugglers who are putting their kids’ lives at risk.

And earlier this week, Mexico announced a series of steps that they’re going to take on their southern border to help stem the tide of these unaccompanied children.

Last week, I sent a letter to Congress asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/statement-president-immigration

* Broder Security Overview
* Criminal Alien Program
* Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
* Delegation of Immigration Authority, 287(g)
* ICE Parental Interest Directive
* Rapid REPAT
* Removal Statistics
* Repatriation
* Secure Communities

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
    Cheesman Park, Denver, Colorado

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a briefing and discussion on transportation infrastructure hosted by the White House Business Council
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

    2:20 PM
    President Obama attends DSCC event
    Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, CO

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President departs Denver en route Dallas, Texas
    Denver International Airport

    5:00 PM
    5:15 PM
    President Obama arrives Dallas, Texas

    5:55 PM
    President Obama joins faith leaders and state and local officials to discuss the migrant crisis on the border
    DalFort Fueling, Dallas, TX

    6:00 PM
    6:40 PM
    President Obama Makes a Statement on the Humanitarian Situation at the Southwest Border
    DalFort Fueling, Dallas, TX

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    8:15 PM
    President Obama attends DCCC event
    Dallas, TX

    9:00 PM
    9:40 PM
    President Obama departs Dallas

    10:00 PM
    10:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Austin

    11:00 PM
    11:45 PM
    Purchase Applications
    President Obama attends DNC event
    Austin, TX

    President Obama overnights in Austin, TX

  2. CR says:

    U.S. Southwest Border Enforcement

    The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Immigration

    President Barack Obama outlined in his agenda five objectives in addressing immigration. They are:

    1. Strengthen Border Control
    2. Improve Our Immigration System
    3. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
    4. Bring People out of the Shadows
    5. Work with Mexico
    .

    President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

    * Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

    * Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

    * Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

    * Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

    • CR says:

      For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:
      Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

      President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy
      [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

      Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
      President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

      DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
      As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

      Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
      Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.

    • CR says:

      July 08, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

      While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.  The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources — including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers — to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border.  Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation.  DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children.  This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal.  Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/fact-sheet-emergency-supplemental-request-address-increase-child-and-adu

      * Criminal Alien Program
      * Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
      * Delegation of Immigration Authority, 287(g)
      * ICE Parental Interest Directive
      * Rapid REPAT
      * Removal Statistics
      * Repatriation
      * Secure Communities

    • CR says:

      July 09, 2014

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls with Central American Presidents

      Vice President Biden followed up today on his June 20 visit to Guatemala by calling Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and El Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren. The Vice President reviewed joint efforts to address the surge of unaccompanied minors and adults with children migrating to the United States, including awareness campaigns to warn about dangers involved in travel to the U.S. and to counter misinformation about US immigration policy spread by criminal smuggling organizations; stopping and prosecuting smugglers travelling with migrants; and addressing the root causes of the problem. The Vice President discussed the Administration’s $3.7 billion request to Congress for an emergency supplemental appropriation to handle the situation on the border in a timely and efficient way. The funding request includes $300 million to help governments repatriate and reintegrate migrants, as well as to help create the economic, social, governance and citizen security conditions to address factors contributing to increases in migration.

      The Central American presidents reaffirmed their commitment to working in partnership with the United States to demonstrate concrete results in countering transnational criminal elements, stemming the flow of illegal migration, expanding the capacity to receive and repatriate individuals and family units, and promoting security and economic opportunity in Central America.

    • CR says:

      5:55 PM ET
      President Obama joins faith leaders and state and local officials to discuss the migrant crisis on the border
      DalFort Fueling, Dallas, TX

    • CR says:

      July 09, 2014

      Statement by the President on Immigration

      Dallas Love Field
      Dallas, Texas

      6:00 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just had a good meeting with Governor Perry, local officials, and faith leaders to talk about the steps that we have taken and that we need to take to address the humanitarian situation on the border. And I want to thank everybody who’s been involved for taking the time to talk to me.

      It’s important to recognize two things. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and adults with children, are arriving at one sector of the border, and that’s the Rio Grande Valley. Second, the issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately, while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody.

      While we intend to do the right thing by these children, their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay. And I’ve asked parents across Central America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.

      Right now, there are more Border Patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 400,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate our response at the border. Members of my Cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there. And we’re also addressing the root of the problem. I sent Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson to meet with Central American leaders, as well as working with our international partners to go after smugglers who are putting their kids’ lives at risk.

      And earlier this week, Mexico announced a series of steps that they’re going to take on their southern border to help stem the tide of these unaccompanied children.

      Last week, I sent a letter to Congress asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/statement-president-immigration

    • CR says:

      Break the Immigration Impasse

      Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform

      JULY 10, 2014 By SHELDON G. ADELSON, WARREN E. BUFFETT and BILL GATES – nytimes

      AMERICAN citizens are paying 535 people to take care of the legislative needs of the country. We are getting shortchanged. Here’s an example: On June 10, an incumbent congressman in Virginia lost a primary election in which his opponent garnered only 36,105 votes. Immediately, many Washington legislators threw up their hands and declared that this one event would produce paralysis in the United States Congress for at least five months. In particular, they are telling us that immigration reform — long overdue — is now hopeless.

      Americans deserve better than this.

      The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill. But we could without doubt come together to draft a bill acceptable to each of us. We hope that fact holds a lesson: You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement. It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington.

      Most Americans believe that our country has a clear and present interest in enacting immigration legislation that is both humane to immigrants living here and a contribution to the well-being of our citizens. Reaching these goals is possible. Our present policy, however, fails badly on both counts.

      We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat.

      A “talented graduate” reform was included in a bill that the Senate approved last year by a 68-to-32 vote. It would remove the worldwide cap on the number of visas that could be awarded to legal immigrants who had earned a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, provided they had an offer of employment. The bill also included a sensible plan that would have allowed illegal residents to obtain citizenship, though only after they had earned the right to do so.

      Americans are a forgiving and generous people, and who among us is not happy that their forebears — whatever their motivation or means of entry — made it to our soil?

      For the future, the United States should take all steps to ensure that every prospective immigrant follows all rules and that people breaking these rules, including any facilitators, are severely punished. No one wants a replay of the present mess.

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/opinion/sheldon-adelson-warren-buffett-and-bill-gates-on-immigration-reform.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

    • CR says:

      Bill Press: GOP forgets lesson of ‘94

      7/21/14 05:55 PM EDT By Bill Press – POLITICO

      President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d think nobody could ever ignore it. Yet, that’s exactly what Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is doing today by refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform.

      I must admit, I watch Republican intransigence on immigration today with a certain amusement, because I’ve seen this movie before.

      In California, 20 years ago, it was hard getting much of the Latino community involved in politics. Democrats tried. I personally ran a voter registration drive in East Los Angeles. But residents distrusted government so much, it was hard convincing them to register, let alone vote. At the same time, Democrats feared that, if Latinos ever did register, they’d sign up as Republicans, because most of them were Catholic, pro-family and pro-small business.

      Then came 1994. I was California Democratic state chairman when Republican Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative that banned the state from providing healthcare, public education or other social services to illegal immigrants in California.

      In so doing, he woke up the “sleeping giant.” Angry at Wilson’s war, millions of Latinos came out and registered to vote — not as Republicans, but as Democrats. And look what happened. No Republican presidential candidate has won the Golden State since. Today, every statewide officer is a Democrat, and Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. Thank you, Pete Wilson!

      For more: http://thehill.com/opinion/bill-press/212883-bill-press-gop-forgets-lesson-of-94

    • CR says:

      July 22, 2014

      Readout of the Administration’s Call With Governors on the Situation at the Border

      This afternoon, White House and Senior Administration Officials including DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Acting OMB Director Brian Deese, CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske, and CBP Deputy Chief Vitiello, as well as representatives from ICE, FEMA and DOD held a call with governors from across the country to discuss the Administration’s comprehensive response to the humanitarian situation at the border. The Administration is focused on addressing the immediate and pressing challenges to make sure we are responding in an efficient and timely way, ramping up prosecution efforts against criminal smuggling networks and confronting the root of the problem with top-level diplomatic efforts in Central America.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/readout-administration-s-call-governors-situation-border

    • CR says:

      August 01, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary

      The legislation put forward tonight by House Republicans does not responsibly address the problem of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, and could result in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, young people who were brought to this country as children and are Americans in every way but on paper. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prioritizes the limited resources of the Department of Homeland Security to deport dangerous criminals rather than DREAMers. It is extraordinary that House Republicans are demanding that we reverse that prioritization as a price for getting the resources needed to deal with the urgent humanitarian situation at the border, reduce the immigration court backlog, and address the root cause of child migration.

      Republicans in Washington have repeatedly called the situation at our border a crisis; yet, tonight they are considering partisan legislation that will not address the problem and is sure to be rejected by the Senate. As the President said today, the Administration will continue to manage the border as responsibly as possible and address our broken immigration system, but no Administrative action is a substitute for Congressional action. That’s why the President will urge Congress to fix our broken immigration system once and for all upon returning from their recess by doing what the Senate did over a year ago and pass serious, comprehensive immigration reform legislation with bipartisan support.

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  5. CR says:

    July 08, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Calls with Afghan Presidential Candidates Dr. Ghani and Dr. Abdullah

    The President spoke with Afghan presidential candidates Dr. Ashraf Ghani this afternoon and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah last night as part of our ongoing efforts to call for calm and emphasize the need for political dialogue as last month’s election results are tabulated. With both, the President stressed that the United States expects a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud to ensure a credible electoral process. He reiterated that all parties should avoid steps that undermine Afghan national unity and should come together to work toward a resolution that represents the will of the Afghan people and produces a government that can bring Afghanistan together. He also noted that there is no justification for resorting to violent or extra-constitutional means, which would result in the end of U.S. assistance to Afghanistan. The President indicated that Secretary Kerry would continue his close consultations with the two candidates and President Karzai in the days to come.

  6. CR says:

    The 14th Amendment – 145th Anniversary

    14th Amendment to the United States Constitution
    July 9, 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

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    Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

    Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

    For more: Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.

    Following the Civil War, Congress submitted to the states three amendments as part of its Reconstruction program to guarantee equal civil and legal rights to black citizens. The major provision of the 14th amendment was to grant citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States,” thereby granting citizenship to former slaves. Another equally important provision was the statement that “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The right to due process of law and equal protection of the law now applied to both the Federal and state governments. On June 16, 1866, the House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution was submitted to the states. On July 28, 1868, the 14th amendment was declared, in a certificate of the Secretary of State, ratified by the necessary 28 of the 37 States, and became part of the supreme law of the land.

    For more: http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=43

  7. CR says:

    HOBBY LOBBY: Murray, Udall to Introduce Legislative Fix to Protect Women’s Health in Aftermath of Supreme Court Decision

    Jul 09 2014 murray.senate.gov

    Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) will introduce the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

    “After five justices decided last week that an employer’s personal views can interfere with women’s access to essential health services, we in Congress need to act quickly to right this wrong,” said Senator Murray. “This bicameral legislation will ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to health care, period. I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decisions, about their own health care and their own bodies.”

    “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision opened the door to unprecedented corporate intrusion into our private lives. Coloradans understand that women should never have to ask their bosses for a permission slip to access common forms of birth control or other critical health services,” said Senator Udall. “My common-sense proposal will keep women’s private health decisions out of corporate board rooms, because your boss shouldn’t be able to dictate what is best for you and your family.”

    “With this bill, Congress can begin to fix the damage done by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for-profit corporations to deny their employees birth control coverage. The Supreme Court last week opened the door to a wide range of discrimination and denial of services. This bill would help close the door for denying contraception before more corporations can walk through it,” said Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “As the nation’s leading advocate for women’s reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is committed to making sure women can get the no-copay birth control benefit that we and others fought so hard to pass and protect. No woman should lose access to birth control because her boss doesn’t approve of it.”

    For more: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsreleases?ContentRecord_id=25277c4f-00ee-45af-aded-3d03b5fec6a9

  8. CR says:

    July 09, 2014

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the 10th Anniversary of the Murder of American Journalist Paul Klebnikov

    Today, the United States remembers Forbes journalist and editor Paul Klebnikov, who was murdered 10 years ago in Moscow and whose killers have never been brought to justice. Paul’s reporting on official corruption and graft brought an important focus and attention to these challenging issues. We honor his memory by calling for an end to the impunity for crimes against journalists in Russia. The United States supports the efforts of brave journalists in Russia and around the world who expose corruption and abuse of power. The intimidation and murder of journalists is an affront to free and independent media and all who respect democratic values. We urge the Russian government to protect journalists from such attacks and to respect freedom of expression, in accordance with its international obligations.

  9. CR says:

    July 09, 2014

    Remarks by the President on the Economy, Denver, CO

    Cheesman Park
    Denver, Colorado

    10:27 A.M. MDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, Denver!

    AUDIENCE: Hello!

    THE PRESIDENT: Everybody have a seat. So I think we should just stay here all afternoon and have a picnic. (Applause.) This is really nice around here. Wow! What a gorgeous day.

    Can everybody please give Alex a big round of applause for that great introduction? (Applause.) It is so good to be back in Denver. It is great to be back in Colorado. As all of you know, I spent a lot of time here in my last campaign. I have been itching to get back.

    I got to have dinner last night with Alex and four other Coloradans — Elizabeth Cooper, Leslie Gresham, Carolyn Reed and her husband David — at the Wazee Supper Club. (Applause.) It was tasty. That was some good pizza. (Laughter.) And then I walked down the block to shoot some pool with Governor Hickenlooper at his old bar, the Wynkoop Brewing Company. You should not ask him who won. (Laughter.) No, no, really, don’t ask Governor Hickenlooper who won at pool. (Laughter.) And it’s a great time to be in this beautiful park with my friend, Ken Salazar — (applause) — who I love and I haven’t seen in a while. There he is right there. (Applause.) As well as your Congressman, Ed Perlmutter. Yay, Ed. (Applause.)

    So let me tell you why I’m here. Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House. I think it’s something like 40,000 a day of some sort of correspondence. And every night, our Correspondence Office selects 10 letters for me to read. And I’ve been doing that since I first came into office. And it’s one of the most important things I do — it’s right there next to my national security briefing and whatever policy issues that we’re supposed to be working on — because it reminds me of why I ran for office.

    And so I have a chance just to hear from people as they tell their stories. They talk about the hardships that they’re going through; sometimes they talk about a success that they’ve had. Kids write to me, asking questions about what I’m doing about climate change, or how old is Bo. (Laughter.) So people describe to me their fears and their hopes not just for themselves, but also for their children and their grandchildren and for the country. And sometimes they thank me for taking a position on an issue. And sometimes they say, how dare you take that position on an issue. And sometimes people say they’re proud of the work that I’ve done, and sometimes people call me an idiot — or worse than an idiot — which is how I know that I’m getting a good sample. (Laughter.)

    So Alex wrote to tell me that the day after my State of the Union address, her boss gave her a raise to $10.10 an hour. Alex actually, last night, confessed she actually didn’t watch my State of the Union address. (Laughter.) Which, hey, I understand. (Laughter.) When I was her age, I’m sure I missed a whole bunch of State of the Union addresses. But her boss caught it, and he decided, let me make sure I’m paying my employees a fair wage.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/remarks-president-economy-denver-co

  10. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at a briefing and discussion on transportation infrastructure hosted by the White House Business Council
    Eisenhower Executive Office Building

  11. CR says:

    July 09, 2014

    Remarks by the President at DSCC Lunch — Denver, CO

    Westin Denver Downtown
    Denver, Colorado

    12:02 P.M. MDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody have a seat, have a seat. It is good to be back here. (Laughter.) I love Colorado, love Denver. Everybody looks good in Denver, too. (Laughter.) I don’t know what it is — the hair or sun, altitude? I don’t know. (Laughter.) It’s just a bunch of good-looking people in Denver, Colorado. (Laughter.)

    We’ve got some great friends here and I just want to mention some of them. First of all, nobody has a bigger heart, nobody did better work on behalf of the natural resources of this amazing country of ours, nobody has been a better friend to me than the person who just introduced me. Love him dearly. We came into the Senate together and our lives have crossed paths ever since and I’m so very, very proud of him and Hope. So please give Ken Salazar a big round of applause. (Applause.)

    To Maggie Fox and Tess Udall, thank you for putting up with somebody in politics. (Laughter.) That’s always rough, but you do it with grace, and we’re so grateful to you.

    To your wonderful former governor, Bill Ritter, who continues to do great work on behalf of the environment. (Applause.) My dear friend, who was actually on the steering committee for my first race in ’08, one of our national board members — Federico Peña, your former mayor. (Applause.) Somebody who helped begin the tradition of great Democratic senators from Colorado — Gary Hart is here. There he is. (Applause.) Former mayor, Wellington Webb is here in the house. (Applause.) Andrew Romanoff, who is running for Congress, is here. (Applause.) My good friend, Betsy Markey, who is running for treasurer, is here. There’s Betsy. (Applause.)

    And all of you are here. (Laughter.) And I’m happy about that. This is actually the hotel that I stayed in for the convention in 2008. So as I walked in, the manager says, “Hey, it’s great to see you. Do you remember me? How are those wonderful girls? I’ll bet they changed a lot.” (Laughter.) And when we were here, Sasha was I think about this big. (Laughter.) And I had to break the news to the manager that, yes, Sasha is taller than you now. (Laughter.) So, yes, things have changed. (Laughter.)

    For more: http://propresobama.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/president-obamas-2013-2017-cabinet/?preview=true&preview_id=22598&preview_nonce=f8227d4f38&trashed=1&ids=75937

  12. CR says:

    July 09, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Indonesian Presidential Election

    We congratulate the people of Indonesia on the successful completion of their historic presidential election. The high voter turnout, spirited campaign, and strong participation by Indonesia’s public, civil society, and media underscore the strength and dynamism of Indonesia’s maturing democracy.

    As the world’s second and third largest democracies, the United States and Indonesia have many shared interests and values, including a strong belief in the importance of respect for human rights, inclusive governance, and equal opportunities for all people. The Comprehensive Partnership that our two countries launched in 2010 is a long-term commitment to build on our common interests to broaden, deepen and elevate bilateral relations between the United States and Indonesia, as well as to promote mutual understanding and work together on issues of regional and global concern. The President looks forward to continuing that important partnership with the new Indonesian President, as well as with the recently elected parliament.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/statement-press-secretary-indonesian-presidential-election

  13. CR says:

    8:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  14. CR says:

    8:15 PM ET
    President Obama attends DCCC event
    Dallas, TX

    • CR says:

      July 09, 2014

      Remarks by the President at DCCC Dinner

      Dallas, Texas

      7:40 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, to the whole Stanley family, because we’ve got a whole crew here, I want to say thank you. Marc and Wendy have just been great friends for such a long time and great supporters not just to me but of good causes here in Texas and all across the country, and we couldn’t ask for better friends. And we’re really thankful to all of them. (Applause.)

      And Marc is entirely right to say that my greatest accomplishments as President had to do with having a great Speaker of the House and I want her back with her hand on the gavel. She is tough, she is smart, and she has a heart as big as Texas — even though she’s from California. (Laughter.) Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.)

      I want to spend most of the time in conversation so I’m not going to make a long speech at the front end. Let me offer just a simple proposition. I’m not running for reelection. (Laughter.) Not just because of the Constitution but also because of my wife. (Laughter.) And so I think I can say this not because I’m trying to get votes but simply to state the facts.

      There’s almost no economic measure by which we are not better off now than we were when I took office. (Applause.) And let me — just in case folks are wondering, let me just make sure everybody is clear. When I came into office, Nancy was Speaker and we were facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression — actually, the contraction was larger, we now know, than during the initial stages of the Great Depression.

      And because of the incredible resilience of the American people but because we made some smart decisions very early on, tough decisions, what we have now seen is 52 straight months of job growth, 10 million jobs created; unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since September of 2008 — before I was elected. This first six months of the year we’ve seen the fastest job growth since 1999. Manufacturing job growth, highest since the ‘90s. Deficit, been cut by more than half.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/remarks-president-dccc-dinner

  15. CR says:

    11:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends DNC event
    Austin, TX

    • CR says:

      July 10, 2014

      Remarks by the President at DNC Event — Austin, TX

      Private Residence
      Austin, Texas

      11:02 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Good to see you. Good to be here. (Applause.) Good to be here. Thank you.

      Well, first of all, it’s just good to be back in Austin — love this town. (Applause.) Love Austin, Texas. I do. I remember the first fundraiser I had down here in Austin when I was running for the U.S. Senate, and it was around this time of year — it was so hot that when I was done, I had to get rid of the shirt. (Laughter.) It just never recovered. (Laughter.)

      The last time I took a walk unencumbered was in Austin, Texas. True story. This is before a debate in the primary. And I walked along the river, and I got about probably a mile, mile and a half, and then some people started spotting me so that by the time — Secret Service got nervous, and then by the time we got back, there was a big rope line and there was all the fuss. And I have wistful memories of that walk. (Laughter.)

      And I remember going to a bar or club, honkytonk around here and singing on stage. (Laughter.) I wasn’t very good, but people were enthusiastic anyway. I’ve had really good barbecue here. (Applause.) But most importantly, I just love the people of Austin. They’re just good people. I forget, I actually got down into the Longhorn Stadium and tossed the football with Colt and Coach Brown. Every time I come here, I have fun. And tonight is no exception because we are in an extraordinary setting.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-president-dnc-event-austin-tx

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:50 AM
    President Obama President Obama attends DNC Roundtable event
    Austin, TX

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
    Paramount Theatre, Austin, TX

    1:30 PM
    First Lady delivers remarks at the LULAC Unity Luncheon
    New York Hilton, New York, New York

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:25 PM
    President Obama departs Austin
    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:15 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    6:30 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House
    South Lawn

    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden deliver remarks to the Roosevelt Institute Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  17. CR says:

    Fewer Americans Than Forecast Filed Jobless Claims Last Week

    Jul 10, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the job market continues to strengthen.

    Jobless claims declined by 11,000 to 304,000 in the week ended July 5, the fewest in more than a month, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 45 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 315,000. There was nothing unusual in the data and no states were estimated, a spokesman said as the figures were released.

    Combined with data last week that showed payrolls exceeded expectations in June and the unemployment rate fell to an almost six-year low, the drop in firings signals a rebound in second-half economic growth. As demand improves, employers will probably take on more workers, helping to lift consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.

    “We’re seeing a good trend of increased new hiring and limited job losses,” Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, said before the report. “Demand is pretty good overall” and that “is encouraging for a second-half pickup.”

    Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from claims of 300,000 to 350,000. The previous week’s figure was unrevised at 315,000.

    The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure than the weekly figures, dropped to 311,500 last week from 315,000.

    The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits rose by 10,000 to 2.58 million in the week ended June 28.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-10/fewer-americans-than-forecast-filed-jobless-claims-last-week.html

  18. CR says:

    July 09, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

    I applaud the overwhelming majority of lawmakers from both parties who came together on behalf of America’s workers to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This bipartisan compromise will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future. Today’s vote helps ensure that our workers can earn the skills employers are looking for right now and that American businesses have the talent pool it takes to compete and win in our global economy. I look forward to signing it into law and hope Congress will continue to come together to make progress for America’s working families.

  19. CR says:

    July 10, 2014

    Remarks by the President at DNC Event — Austin, TX

    Private Residence
    Austin, Texas

    11:02 P.M. CDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Good to see you. Good to be here. (Applause.) Good to be here. Thank you.

    Well, first of all, it’s just good to be back in Austin — love this town. (Applause.) Love Austin, Texas. I do. I remember the first fundraiser I had down here in Austin when I was running for the U.S. Senate, and it was around this time of year — it was so hot that when I was done, I had to get rid of the shirt. (Laughter.) It just never recovered. (Laughter.)

    The last time I took a walk unencumbered was in Austin, Texas. True story. This is before a debate in the primary. And I walked along the river, and I got about probably a mile, mile and a half, and then some people started spotting me so that by the time — Secret Service got nervous, and then by the time we got back, there was a big rope line and there was all the fuss. And I have wistful memories of that walk. (Laughter.)

    And I remember going to a bar or club, honkytonk around here and singing on stage. (Laughter.) I wasn’t very good, but people were enthusiastic anyway. I’ve had really good barbecue here. (Applause.) But most importantly, I just love the people of Austin. They’re just good people. I forget, I actually got down into the Longhorn Stadium and tossed the football with Colt and Coach Brown. Every time I come here, I have fun. And tonight is no exception because we are in an extraordinary setting.

    I’m going to use my creativity by taking off my jacket. (Applause.) And perhaps if the press wasn’t here, I’d be creative and jump in the pool. (Laughter and applause.) But the pool report might reflect bad judgment on my part. (Laughter.) There’s a fine line between creativity and bad judgment. (Laughter.) You want your President to be on the right side of that line. So taking off the jacket — creative. Jumping in the pool — bad judgment. (Laughter.)

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-president-dnc-event-austin-tx

  20. CR says:

    Wholesale Trade

    Released On 7/10/2014 10:00:00 AM For May, 2014

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Inventories – M/M change 1.1 % 1.0 % 0.6 % 0.4 % to 0.7 % 0.5 %

    Highlights
    Inventories in the wholesale rose 0.5 percent in May, a solid and balanced rise in line with a 0.7 percent gain in sales that leaves the stocks-to-sales ratio unchanged at a lean 1.18.

    There were large inventory gains for lumber, metals, machinery, and drugs, all matched by large gains in sales. Inventories of autos also rose sharply but less so for sales. But heavy wholesale inventory of autos is a likely plus given the building strength in retail sales of autos.

    Inventory growth is expected to be a positive for second-quarter GDP as businesses restock to keep up with demand.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  21. CR says:

    July 10, 2014

    Remarks by the President on the Economy — Austin, TX

    Paramount Theatre
    Austin, Texas

    12:48 P.M. CDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Austin! (Applause.) Hey! Hello, Austin! (Applause.) All right, everybody have a seat, have a seat.

    It’s good to be in Austin, Texas. (Applause.) Can everybody please give Kinsey a big round of applause for the great introduction? (Applause.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s because I love you. (Applause.) Everybody knows I love Austin, Texas. (Applause.) Every time I come here I tell you how much I love you. I love Austin. I love the people. I love the barbecue — which I will get right after this. (Laughter.) I like the music. (Applause.) I’ve got good memories here, I’ve got good friends.

    I was telling somebody the last time I walked a real walk where I was kind of left alone was in Austin, Texas. (Applause.) Right before the debate here during the primary in 2007? 2008? It must have been 2008. And I was walking along the river and nobody noticed me, and I felt great. (Laughter.) And then on the way back somebody did notice me and Secret Service started coming around and — (laughter) — but that first walk was really good. So let’s face it, I just love Austin. (Applause.) Love the people of Austin.

    I want to thank a proud Texan, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, for being here today. We appreciate her. (Applause.)

    It is great to play at the Paramount. I think I finally made it. I finally arrived. (Applause.) I’ve enjoyed the last couple of days, just getting out of Washington. And we started in Colorado, in Denver, and then went to Dallas and then came down here. And at each stop I’ve been able to just meet people and talk about people’s lives — their hopes, their dreams.

    I just had some coffee, as Kinsey may have mentioned, at the Magnolia Café, which is very nice. (Applause.) It was fun, too, because I had a chance to — there were a bunch of folks there and some EMT folks were there on their break after the shift, and there were a group of high school kids who were getting together — they were about to go on a two-weeklong service trip to Peru — which, by the way, reminds you, you should be optimistic whenever you meet young people because they’re full of energy and idealism. And so they were going to do this service trip and they were going to go for two days, then, to Machu Picchu — the old Inca ruins in Peru. And I said, I always wanted to go there. And they said, well, you can come with us if you want. (Laughter.) And I said, I’m really tempted, but I think there are some things I’ve got to do. (Laughter.)

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-president-economy-austin-tx

  22. CR says:

    July 08, 2014

    Statement by the President to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

    It is an honor to greet the American and Chinese delegations to the sixth round of the United States-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). I want to thank President Xi, Vice Premier Wang, State Councilor Yang, and the entire Chinese delegation for hosting this year’s S&ED and for their warm reception of the American delegation.

    This year marks a special milestone in the U.S.-China relationship—it is the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between our two great nations. Today, instead of living detached from each other as we did 35 years ago, the United States and China embrace the benefits of strengthening ties and acknowledge the growing interdependence of our economic destinies. This anniversary provides an opportunity to take stock of the deepening exchanges between our two peoples, the range of cooperation between our two countries on shared security and economic challenges, and dealing forthrightly with our differences. It is also an opportunity for the United States and China to reaffirm our commitment to working jointly to build a positive, more secure, and prosperous future for all our citizens.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/statement-president-us-china-strategic-and-economic-dialogue

  23. CR says:

    July 10, 2014

    Remarks by the First Lady at LULAC Unity Luncheon

    New York Hilton
    New York, New York

    1:36 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. (Applause.) Thank you, everyone. Let’s give our love to Jennifer Lopez. Thank you so much for that kind introduction. (Applause.)

    Good afternoon, everyone. How are you all doing? (Applause.) It is my honor and pleasure to be here today. I want to again thank Jennifer for that very kind introduction and for all of her amazing work to lift up our young people every single day. She is truly an amazing woman, and I am so very proud of all of her work.

    I also want to recognize LULAC President Margaret Moran, as well as your Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. Yes! Give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

    Most of all, I want to thank all of you — the activists, the community leader, the business, labor, and government officials. We have our high school and college students here — (applause) — who are the heart and soul of this organization. Yes, indeed! (Applause.) Where are my young people? Where are you all? (Applause.) Yes. So proud of you. So proud.

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We are, too.

    MRS. OBAMA: Yes, we all are proud of you. You all are making such a huge difference for your communities. You’re working to improve health outcomes, you’re registering folks to vote and signing them up for health insurance, you’re organizing around issues like housing, financial empowerment, and civil rights. And the vast majority of you are not paid. So you’re doing all of this after a long day of work or school. You’re running off to a meeting after you cook dinner. You’re giving up your weekends and holidays to host events.

    And you’re doing it all because you know that if you give just a little bit of your time and energy, and convince more folks to do the same, you can truly do your part to create a better future for our next generation. And perhaps more than anything else, that is LULAC’s history.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-first-lady-lulac-unity-luncheon

  24. CR says:

    7:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden deliver remarks to the Roosevelt Institute Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Washington

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  25. CR says:

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