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Lew Urges Newly Sworn U.S. Citizens to Back Pathway for Illegals

"It took incredible resolve to become an American citizen. You had to work for it. Nobody gave this to you," the Treasury secretary told the group.

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July 4, 2013 - 6:08 pm
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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew congratulated new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony for their “extraordinary accomplishment,” telling the honorees that their citizenship “took hard work” since “nobody gave this to you.”

Lew then praised the Senate immigration reform bill for offering citizenship to individuals living in the U.S. illegally.

“I stand here as a first-generation American and as secretary of the Treasury of the United States. This is something that my parents could never have foreseen half a century ago,” Lew said at the Department of Treasury in the Cash Room on Wednesday.

“Each of you has taken a separate journey, and each of you has your own story of challenges overcome. It took incredible resolve to become an American citizen. You had to work for it. Nobody gave this to you.”

In keeping with the “no one gave this to you” theme of his remarks, Lew highlighted some of the new U.S. citizens’ stories.

“No one gave this to Hazrat Khan, who came here from Afghanistan and has devoted his career to helping vulnerable people around the world withstand political conflict and natural disasters,” Lew said.

“No one gave this to Mahad Abdille. He fled war-torn Somalia when he was 16 years old without knowing a word of English. But he seized the chance to rebuild his life by learning the language of his new country, making friends and finding work.”

Following these examples, Lew made a pitch for support of the immigration bill passed by the Senate last week, which legalizes millions of illegal immigrants, as helpful for the economy.

“There’s a bipartisan immigration bill before Congress that would fix our broken immigration system. This comprehensive legislation does a number of things. It strengthens our borders. It provides a pathway to earn citizenship for the 11 million people who are here illegally and it will boost economic growth,” Lew said.

“The bill would drive growth by bringing highly skilled scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to the United States. At the same time the bill would create a new wave of consumers, who will fuel demand and generate economic activity. The effect will be enormous: more new businesses, more new jobs and more exports.”

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Hey numbnuts, there already is a pathway to citizenship! Perhaps the newly sworn citizens can enlighten you and the illegals about it.
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Lew has cemented his position as a good little Apparatchik.
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Odd.

I'm an immigrant. My parents are immigrants. We're naturalized citizens. It was difficult to do, and involved some serious financial risk, and a lot of personal sacrifice.

Somehow.... somehow that just hasn't made me sympathetic to those who came here illegally.

I guess there's something wrong with me....



Or maybe not.
1 year ago
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How many of those new immigrants jumped our border and disregarded our laws. This is just another example why I have no respect for this regime
1 year ago
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He's a good apparatchik doing his duty for The Party. He will be rewarded with a dacha far from the serfs and peasants and proletariat masses.
1 year ago
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don't know if you all know it, just found out myself, those ebit cards the gov. is handing out to anybody and everybody doesn't require any i.d. to get the services. according to a friend who knows, people are using them to buy drugs, alcohol, you name it. that was supposed to be a secure system to help people too. and voting, our most sacred right, is there really anybody alive who believes these same people aren't stealing every election. another gov. system w/ no real oversight. that fat beach buying armor, guns and ammo for the progressive's homeland army will be the one who decides to what extent the border gets secured. 11 million here now? want to bet the number isn't twice that? at least half are already getting free stuff, free stuff we worked and sweated for. these moonbats are still incurring debt that our children and grandchildren will be heavily taxed to pay. $56 million this year alone to circumcise south africans. how many billions just went into some dictator's bank accounts in how many countries like egypt, lybia, Syria, andon and on? money we borrowed, and gave away to dictators.

the border will not get secured. once this bill is passed we will have completely lost our country. we will be overrun. when has anything progressives pushed on us been for our good? what really makes me mad is getting criticism from countries like mexico who won't even let Americans work there and imprisons everyone who illegally enters their country. when did listening to all these progressive nut cases suddenly become so chic?
1 year ago
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SUCKERS!

To all of you who followed the rules...
1 year ago
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For all of you that made it the hard way, followed the rules and persevered..
Congratulations, Welcome..
To listen and do what this man is proposing .. is an insult to all of you.. It is an insult to your character and your love for this country.
Mr. Lew is a snake in the grass wanting you to give others that seek the same thing that you worked so hard for.. just to give them a pass.. For What ? are they better than you ? Please think.. before you listen to this snake in the grass...
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All of you who followed the rules, learned our language, our history, our laws while striving to become a naturalized citizen, we are not spitting in your face we promise. Don't read anything into our attempt to allow 11+million criminals in this country illegally to become 11+MILLION LEGAL DEMOCRAT VOTERS! They will have to pay a fine (wink wink) they won't be eligible for benefits (wink wink) they will have to go to the back of the line (wink wink) and they won't be allowed to vote for 10 years ( hah hah).
Want the illegals to leave? prosecute those who hire them, make it illegal to house them, remove them from the food stamp rolls and they'll self-deport. Yeah, like The Obama regime is going to actually enforce our laws...
1 year ago
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You worked hard to get here, so please make sure that no one else has to work hard to get what you now have. I wonder how many of them realized he said that to their faces. I wish someone had interviewed them for their opinions to see if any expressed amazement at his gall.
1 year ago
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To a great degree we are being mislead about this whole issue. The underlying assumption, which we are supposed to take for granted, is that there is no way to remove the 11+ million illegal aliens who are here. This is false, but it is the central premise in the immigration debate.

So long as we do not impose consequences upon the illegals we catch other than to deport them so they can re-enter the country again at their leisure then it is pointless. Its like trying to drain the ocean with a 12 oz. cup.

To use an extreme example to make the point (I an NOT advocating this) if illegal aliens were summarily executed I think that 99.99% of the would self-deport in a matter of days. The question is one of imposing consequences upon illegals that make it unlikely to risk crossing the border to begin with. There's plenty of room between execution and, as we do now, virtually nothing.

Right off hand I would think that making it a crime punishable by a year at hard labor in a tent city eating nothing but beans and rice while being forced to build a border fence might be the way to go. The more we catch the faster the fence goes up.

And no, we don't have to catch everyone at once. Once a certain level of enforcement is achieved that has sufficiently nasty consequences the very possibility will make many think twice about continuing their presence in the US.
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I would agree. When there is no negative consequence to staying illegally (and some jurisdiction stay explicitly that they are "safe havens" for illegals), there is no reason to leave. Similarly, there is every reason to try to get in now, before the amnesty is granted.

I really like the idea of having those caught build the fence, but it does have an air of prisoners building one's munitions, doesn't it?
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Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago describes how prisoners were sometimes taken to an area to build new camps. They'd be taken to areas where there were no towns, no buildings, nothing at all and just start building from scratch. They'd start by digging holes for shelter and would effectively live in them for the first several months. (They were often building in Siberia in winter.) Gradually, they would build the fences around the camp, the buildings in which the guards were housed and the barracks in which the survivors would live.

I don't know if other countries had their citizens building their own prisons and labour camps; I've never studied the matter.
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