President Obama Delivers Remarks on Immigration

President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House (June 15, 2012)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 15, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Obama addressed a new policy from the Department of Homeland Security aimed at making the nation’s immigration policy more fair and more efficient -- by removing the threat of deportation for young people who are low enforcement priorities.

He said:

Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

Now, let's be clear -- this is not amnesty, this is not immunity.  This is not a path to citizenship.  It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. 

Read the full remarks or watch the video below.

People around the country added their voice to the conversation and spoke out on Twitter. Take a look at what some of you had to say below, or on Storify:


Your Response: President Obama Speaks on Immigration

President Obama discusses a new policy from the Department of Homeland Security aimed at making the nation’s immigration policy more fair and more efficient. Here's a look at what some of you had to say.

Storified by The White House · Fri, Jun 15 2012 18:58:19

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I feel like going to the streets and celebrate. truly a historic moment. #ProudToBeAnAmerican #DREAMers #latismLaura A Dahlberg
#Dreamers are americans in their heart, in their minds, and in every single way, but one... on paper. Pres. ObamaEnrique Acevedo
I wholeheartedly support the Obama administration on the deferred action process for young people: O'Malley
Finally happened #Dreamers! @whitehouse took first step for a more fair immigration system! @NILC_org @CHIRLA #CIR Chu
Applaud @WhiteHouse for suspending deportation of #DREAMers. Will forever change the lives of these young people who call this country homeSen. Robert Menendez
In #DC, heading to Lafayette Plaza right now for an impromptu rally supporting the new #immigration policy! #DREAMMariah Noelle
Rally at the WH in support of immigration change for #Dreamers Aaron Murphy
Rallying in front of the @Whitehouse with #DREAMers! To thank Obama for today's announcement! Task Force
NCLR staff joined the rally outside the White House today to show their support! #immigration #DREAMActNCLR
Ending deportations of innocent young people who have the potential to drive tomorrow's economy is long overdue: Bloomberg
Big thanks to Pres Obama & Sec Napolitano for today's #immigration announcement. This is huge step for our country Duncan
Emotional dreamers in Phoenix brought to tears by the President's speech. Say their lives are forver changed #DreamActKristine Harrington
Great decision by Pres. Obama on immigration. Congrats to DREAMers.Mayor Julián Castro
WAKE up, DREAMers. A new day has arrived. You made this happen. Thank you and congratulations! #WeAreAmericans @defineamericanJose Antonio Vargas

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