On a recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama took time to appeal to Congress to act on the issue of immigration reform. The president attended a naturalization ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, for 13 American military service members and seven spouses. He used the ceremony as an example of how important immigration is to the U.S., and stated, “If there’s anything this should teach us, it’s that America is strengthened by our immigrants.”
The president emphasized in his speeches that the United States is made up of immigrants, and in order to remain relevant in the global marketplace, the U.S. has to fix its broken immigration system so it can attract the “best and brightest” to the country.
President Obama has been frustrated by the Republicans in the House who have stalled the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. In South Korea, the president spoke about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today and his pledge to make sure reform is enacted this year.
The president was in South Korea on the second stop of a four-country tour of the Asia-Pacific region. He visited that part of the world in the hopes of opening up talks between South Korea and Japan, deterring North Korea from continuing its nuclear tests and discussing the role of China in the region.
Back in the U.S., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, mocked the Republicans for stalling the reform bill. “Ooooooh, don’t make me do this,” said Boehner, using baby talk to get his point across at an event in Ohio when he spoke of the “attitude” of his fellow GOP congressmen. “Ooooooh, this is too hard.” Boehner has been using this tactic at a few of his appearances in the hopes of inciting some action in the House.