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Obama in Chicago: On Ferguson, Immigration. Transcript

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago on Tuesday to make another plea for calm in Ferguson and to sell the immigration executive orders. Below is a transcript of his remarks, including replies to people in the audience shouting complaints about deportations.

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations. 

Obama schedule, guidance Nov. 25, 2014 Chicago immigration speech

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday makes a daytrip to Chicago to bolster public support for him immigration executive actions. After landing at O'Hare, Obama will host a roundtable discussion with community leaders and then deliver a speech at the  Copernicus Community Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, run by a foundation deeply involved in Polish and Polish-American issues. The selection of the Jefferson Park venue - serving a community which includes illegal immigrants -  will allow Obama to underscore his point that illegal immigration is not just a Hispanic issue. Obama is likely to add another event to his Chicago stop.

 

President Barack Obama awards former Illinois Rep. Abner Mikva the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — It’s a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva. “As a University of Chicago student, Abner Mikva stopped by the local Democratic headquarters and asked to volunteer,” Obama said. “I love this story. A committeeman asked who sent you. And Ab said, nobody. And the committeeman said, 'we don’t want nobody nobody sent.' That’s Chicago for you.” That phrase from Mikva’s retelling of his encounter with an 8th Ward Democratic boss — "we don’t want nobody nobody sent" — came to be the defining shorthand in explaining how Chicago machine politics worked.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel looks on during a press conference announcing Hagel's resignation in the State Dining Room of the White House Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Obama announcing at 10:10 am Chicago time Hagel resignation

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will be announcing the resignati

Obama guidance & press schedule Nov. 24, 2014. Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Nobel prize winners, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chicago's political and civic legend, Abner Mikva -  five-term Congressman; Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; White House Counsel for former President Bill Clinton;  law professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois.

Valerie Jarrett last week in New York City | Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner's request on immigration

President Barack Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a “very public push” on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told Lynn Sweet.