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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Background on the President's Trip to El Paso, Texas

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday the President will deliver a speech at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas on the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future. The President will also discuss how Americans can work together to foster a constructive national conversation on this important issue as we work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress.
Prior to the speech, President Obama will tour the cargo facility at the Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry, the largest of four crossings that comprise the El Paso Port of Entry.  The Bridge of the Americas processes inbound and outbound commercial, private vehicle, bus, and pedestrian traffic.  Of the half a billion inspections conducted annually at 327 ports of entry across the nation, approximately ten percent will enter through the El Paso Port of Entry.  This event is pooled press.
President Obama Tours Cargo Facility at Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry
Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry
El Paso, Texas
This event is pooled press
President Obama Delivers Remarks
1:30 PM MDT
Chamizal National Memorial
800 South San Marcial Street
El Paso, Texas
This event is open to pre-credentialed media
In recent weeks the President has met with and heard from leaders and stakeholders from diverse sectors including faith, business, law enforcement officials, current and former elected officials and others about the need to fix the broken immigration system, and why it matters to the American economy and will allow us to better use our national security and law enforcement resources. The President wants to have a civil and constructive debate on this issue.

The United States has been enriched by a steady stream of hardworking and talented people who have helped make America an engine of the global economy and a beacon of hope around the world.  As we work to rebuild the economy, our ability to thrive depends, in part, on restoring responsibility and accountability to the immigration system.  President Obama believes Democrats and Republicans should come together to tackle an issue that is critical not only to our national security but also to the economy and our global competiveness.  In his recent meetings, the President has made clear he will continue to lead on this issue, but has asked these leaders to take a public and active role in elevating the immigration debate. To date, thirty community conversations are being organized around the country, among them:

  • May 11:  Business, labor, law enforcement, and faith leaders join Senior Administration officials for a conference call to recap the President’s speech and next steps.
  • May 12: Business leaders join U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Administration officials in Omaha, Nebraska for a roundtable community conversation.
  • May 12: Steve Case, Founder and former CEO of AOL and chair of the Startup America Partnership joins Senior Administration officials in a community conversation in Silicon Valley.
  • May 19: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders join Secretary Solis on a national conference call.
  • May 31: The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce hosts a roundtable with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in Albuquerque, New Mexico.