Memorable Moments of 2013
Over the last year, President Obama and his Administration engaged the Latino community in a number of ways. As we begin the new year, we hope you will take a moment to view photographs of some of the most memorable moments of 2013. At his last press conference of 2013, the President made clear that finishing the job of fixing our broken immigration system remains at the top of his 2014 agenda. He remarked,
“I think 2014 needs to be a year of action. We still have the task of finishing the fix on our broken immigration system…When I look at the landscape for next year, what I say to myself is, we’re poised to do really good things. We can get immigration reform done. We’ve got a concept that has bipartisan support. Let’s see if we can break through the politics on this.”
Also, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Jorge Neri, who will serve as the Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement for Latino and Immigration Affairs.
We look forward to working with you on important Presidential priorities in 2014, including passing commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform; providing access to quality, affordable health care for millions of Latinos and their families; and continuing to improve and stimulate our economy by investing in education and infrastructure, to name a few.
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Happy New Year!
Julie Chávez Rodriguez
White House | Office of Public Engagement
Swearing-in of Katherine Archuleta, new Director of the Office of Personnel Management
Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears- in Katherine Archuleta to serve as the new Director of the Office of Personnel Management in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. December 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo)
The President and First Lady Visit Those Fasting for Immigration Reform
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visits with a group staging a public fast for immigration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., November 29, 2013. “Fast for Families” is seeking to pressure Congress into passing an immigration bill. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and the First Lady visited the brave individuals who are fasting in the shadow of the Capitol, sacrificing their health in an effort to get Congress to act swiftly on commonsense immigration reform.
President Obama Honors Mario Molina & Arturo Sandoval with the Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama delivers remarks and awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to honorees during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, November 20, 2013. Honorees are: Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, former President Bill Clinton, Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Sally Ride (posthumous), Bayard Rustin (posthumous), Arturo Sandoval, Dean Smith, Gloria Steinem, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Patricia Wald, and Oprah Winfrey. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Vice President Biden Celebrates Citizenship at King Center Naturalization Ceremony
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King Junior Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Praying for Immigration Reform
“The President was meeting with faith leaders to discuss immigration reform. At the end of the meeting, everyone held hands during a group prayer. I got close to frame the hands of the President and Vice President,” November 13, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
Immigration Reform — a Win for the Economy
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with business leaders to discuss immigration reform to bolster U.S. economic growth, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, November 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President hosted a meeting with top business executives to explain the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws and brainstorm possible ways to move forward with legislation in the House.
President Obama Reiterates his Commitment to Commonsense Immigration Reform
President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks on immigration, in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013 (White House photo by Pete Souza)
On October 24, the President gathered a diverse coalition of leaders from faith, business, labor and advocacy communities to reiterate his commitment to commonsense immigration reform. He outlined the economic benefits of an earned path to citizenship and explained why fixing our immigration laws is both good policy and politics.
President Obama Nominates Jeh Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security
President Obama announces his nomination of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security. October 18, 2013. (Official White House photo).
White House Honors 10 Leaders at its Champions of Change: Welcoming America Event
The White House honors ten leaders with the Welcoming America organization — helping immigrants integrate civically, linguistically and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods – and our nation. David Lubell, Founder and Executive Director of Welcoming America, stands at the podium introducing the honorees. Read about the honorees here. September 19, 2013.
50th Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington
President Barack Obama delivers remarks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. August 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
When the crowds converged on the National Mall 50 years ago, they were marching for jobs as well as freedom. So a half century later, President Obama talked about making those twin goals reality. Watch the speech here.
First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at NCLR’s Annual Conference
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the National Council of La Raza annual conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference. The First Lady offered words of support on immigration, stating: “Please know that whether it’s implementing health reform or passing common-sense immigration reform, your President and his administration are going to keep working with you and fighting with you every step of the way. Know that. And I know these debates are hard — particularly on immigration. But do not give up, because I promise you that my husband won’t give up until a good bill gets on his desk.”
Vice President Biden Meets with Law Enforcement Leaders, Urging Passage of Immigration Reform
Vice President Joe Biden meets with members of the Law Enforcement Community to discuss immigration reform, in the Vice President’s ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
White House Releases the Newest White Board: Why Immigration Reform is Good for the Economy?
Did you know that fixing our broken immigration system will strengthen the U.S. economy, create jobs for American workers, and cut the deficit? That’s what the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says will happen if the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill were signed into law. We put together an animated White House White Board to help explain how that would work. Click here to learn more.
President Obama Meets with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)
President Obama Calls on the US Senate to Take Action on Immigration Reform
President Obama Speaks on Immigration reform, June 11, 2013 (Official White House Photo)
Aspiring Americans Share their Stories with President Obama & Vice President Biden
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with DREAMers who have received Deferred Action and U.S. citizen family members of undocumented immigrants, in the Oval Office, May 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President and the Vice President hosted a meeting in the Oval Office with young immigrants, also known as DREAMers, as well as with the siblings and spouses of undocumented immigrants. The DREAMers shared how the deferred action changed their lives for the better and emphasized that they and their families need a permanent solution that will allow them to fully contribute to the country they call home.
A Legacy of Organizing: Cesar Chavez Champions of Change
The second panel of Cesar Chavez Champions, moderated by Maria Cardona of Latinovations, looks on as Javier Valdes discusses his experience as Co-Executive Director of Make the Road NY. March 26, 2013.
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day, the White House Office of Public Engagement held the second annual Cesar Chavez Champions of Change ceremony to recognize eleven people who embody Cesar’s legacy of organizing to enact common sense immigration reform. You can read more about this year’s Cesar Chavez Champions of Change here as well as the presidential proclamation for Cesar Chavez Day.
President Obama Spoke at a Naturalization Ceremony for Active Duty Service Members
President Obama delivers remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians at the White House. March 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo)
President Obama spoke at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians at the White House. He welcomed 28 new American citizens to our nation of immigrants and called for reforms to our immigration system that will help harness the talent and ingenuity of all those like them who want to work hard and find a place here in America.
Vice President Biden Calls for Immigration Reform at the Irish American Hall of Fame
Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Irish American Hall of Fame luncheon, in New York City, New York, March 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
As the Vice President was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in March, he recalled his family’s past coming to America – and he called on Congress to fix our broken immigration system for a new generation of men and women who dream of a better life in this country. The Vice President stressed that while we have to find a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here, we also have to fix our legal immigration system. Read more here.
President Obama Nominates Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor
Thomas Perez delivers remarks after President Barack Obama announced Perez as his nominee for Labor Secretary, in the East Room of the White House, March 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union: The Need for Real Immigration Reform
First Lady Michell Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and guests in the First Lady’s box in the House Chamber, stand and applaud as President Barack Obama is introduced at the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).
You can read more about the 2013 State of the Union here.
President Obama’s Announces Four Part Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nev., January 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
At the start of the year, President Obama spoke from Las Vegas about creating a fair and effective immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. Read more here.
The President met with diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the central pillars of the President’s immigration plan. In March, he and senior staff met with the faith community and business community to thank them for their support and to reiterate his commitment to actualizing commonsense immigration reform.
President Obama’s Second Inauguration
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)