Immigration reform has taken a front seat in U.S. current events. Lawmakers, religious leaders, social media executives and advocacy groups have all made the news in recent months, launching the political issue into a full-blown media storm. As representatives of both the Democratic and Republican parties make their statements in interviews, press conferences and committee meetings, President Barack Obama is preparing to propose his plan for immigration reform overseas.
According to the Los Angeles Times, President Barack Obama is visiting South Korea for a naturalization ceremony in honor of the men and women who died in the Korean War. He plans offering a tribute to the services provided by naturalized American citizens. In addition to his tribute, he will be delivering a speech from Seoul that will outline his stance on immigration reform. Officials involved with this special event say the president’s offering sends a clear message to the world, one that recognizes the importance and value of immigrants to the U.S.
While the president is clearly showing his uncompromising respect for the valor and service of naturalized immigrants, high-profile members of Congress are also recognizing the value of immigrants and demanding action. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, House Speaker John Boehner gently mocked his Republican colleagues for their inaction during a Middletown Rotary Club luncheon in his home district.
“Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner said at the luncheon. “We get elected to make choices. 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.”
House Speaker Boehner has been working with the Republican-led House of Representatives on immigration reform for almost two years. He advocates a step-by-step approach to immigration reform beginning with securing U.S. borders.