Michelle Obama to New Citizens: Immigration Reform Barack's 'Top Legislative Priority'

'My husband has made this his top legislative priority because, at the end of the day, this fight isn't just about principles; it's about real people'

Michelle Obama: Immigration is president’s top legislative priority (The Washington Post)

Michelle Obama participated in the swearing-in of 50 new citizens Wednesday to express her support for stalled efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.

"Today, here in Washington, folks are still debating whether or not to fix our immigration system, even though just about everyone agrees that it is broken," she said at the close of the ceremony held in the rotunda of the National Archives. "I want you all to know that my husband has made this his top legislative priority because, at the end of the day, this fight isn't just about principles, it's about real people."

The naturalized citizens she spoke before represented more than a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bolivia and Zimbabwe. Many waved American flags excitedly as they stood before the nation's founding documents and completed the oath of citizenship.

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