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MESSAGE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: Cecilia Muñoz on the President’s Climate Action Plan and the passage of commonsense immigration reform in the Senate

In this week’s message, Cecilia Muñoz spoke about the President’s Climate Action Plan to confront the growing threat of a changing climate. She also discussed the Senate’s vote to pass commonsense immigration reform and the need to make sure Congress finishes the job.

The audio of the address and video of the message is available online HERE

Remarks by Cecilia Muñoz

Message from the White House

June 29, 2013

Hi, everybody. This week the President unveiled the national Climate Action Plan which will reduce carbon pollution and protect our country from the impacts of climate change, and lead the world in a coordinated assault on a changing climate..

Carbon pollution contributes to a higher risk of asthma attacks, which disproportionately affects the Latino community according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Carbon pollution also contributes to more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires, driving up food prices and threatening our communities.

We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged and the President’s plan is a comprehensive approach to cutting the pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health.

This week we also made strides to leave our children a better America with the passage of the Senate’s commonsense immigration reform bill.

With a strong bipartisan vote, the Senate delivered for the American people, bringing us a critical step closer to fixing our broken immigration system.

This commonsense reform is consistent with the key principles the President laid out.

It would continue to strengthen security at our borders. And it would make sure that businesses and workers are all playing by the same rules. It establishes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals here illegally and modernizes our legal immigration system.

The Senate has set the stage and has done its job, now it’s up to the House to do the same. We are in a unique position to fix our system, and although there are opponents of the reform who are going to try and prevent it, we cannot let that happen.

Throughout our history, immigration has only strengthened our country.  We need to make sure we leave America a better place for our children and we need Congress to finish the job.

Thank you and have a great weekend,

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