Obama Tells Seoul Servicemembers He Wants to Make Immigration 'More Efficient'

April 25, 2014 - 12:39 PM

In remarks today at a naturalization ceremony for servicemembers at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, Korea, Pres. Obama made a pitch for his immigration reform plan.

Obama repeated his call to "fix our broken immigration system" by passing his legislation:

"If we want to keep attracting the best and the brightest, the smartest and the most selfless the world has to offer, then we have to keep this in mind:  the value of our immigrants to our way of life.  It is central to who we are; it's in our DNA.  It's part of our creed.

"And that means moving forward we've got to fix our broken immigration system and pass common-sense immigration reform."

Obama said his administration doesn't want to make obtaining citizenship harder, just "more efficient" and "sensible":

"This is a huge advantage to us -- the talent that we attract.  We don't want to make it harder; we want to make it more sensible, more efficient.  That's why I'm going to keep on pushing to get this done this year, so that others like the young men and women here have the opportunity to join our American family and serve our great nation."