Obama's Take on Immigrants in the U.S.

President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term on Jan. 21, 2013, also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. His speech and ceremony reflected evolving conversations about the role of immigrants to this country. Below are some reactions and links about immigration in today's event.


  1. Obama: "Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"
  2. Watch President Obama Deliver His Second Inaugural Address
  3. Obama: "Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country."

  4. Watch Poet Richard Blanco Read the Inaugural Poem
  5. Obama: "My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service.  But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream.  My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride."

  6. Gaby Pacheco at TEDxWomen 2012
  7. Watch Dr. Luis Leon Deliver Inaugural Benediction