Obama Visits Bay Area, Pushes for Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama visited San Francisco this week, speaking at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown where he addressed the pressing need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that overhauls the current broken system and makes it inclusive for all immigrant families.

“It is long past time to reform an immigration system that right now doesn’t serve America as well as it should. We could be doing so much more to unleash our potential if we just fix this aspect of our system,” he said.

Noting the importance immigrants have played on the world’s economy and with nearly 35 percent of San Francisco’s economy based on immigrant-owned business, President Obama said the system could be fixed “…if we get immigration reform across the finish line — and it is there just within our grasp, if we can just get folks in Washington to go ahead and do what needs to be done,” he said.

He also took the time to address the recent polls suggesting that his popularity is the lowest it has been while in office. However, Obama stood by his leadership and suggested that the best is yet to come.

This is a “time for a new era of American Leadership in the world,” he said. “We ended the war in Iraq; we brought our troops home. Osama bin Laden met justice; the war in Afghanistan will end next year,” he added.

While in San Francisco, the president also headlined two Democratic National Committee fundraisers Monday. Tickets for a luncheon hosted by novelist Robert Mailer Anderson and his wife, Nicola Miner, at the San Francisco Jazz Center first ranged from $1,000 to $15,000.

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