President Barack Obama touts the success of immigrants in Thursday's National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation ceremony. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama highlighted the accomplishments of immigrants Thursday (November 20) during a ceremony to honor recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at the White House. "Part of preserving America's scientific edge is making sure we continue to welcome the best and brightest minds from around the world," he said, pointing out Thomas Kailath, who came from India and went to MIT and Stanford University, Eli Harari, who came from Israel and co-founded SanDisk, and Alexandre J. Chorin, who came from Poland to become a top mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley. "Part of staying competitive in a global economy is making sure that we have an immigration system that doesn't send away talent, but attracts it," Obama added. "We want them to initiate new discoveries and start businesses right here in the United States." The ceremony comes ahead of an Obama speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET in which he is set to lay out plans for using his executive authority in ways that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented people to come out of the shadows and into American society.