Obama: 'People Don't Come Here Looking For Handouts'

By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | June 22, 2012 | 2:32 PM EDT

Speaking at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ Annual Conference today, Pres. Obama said that the people who come to this country "don’t come here looking for handouts."

The President said:

“And whether our ancestors arrived on the Mayflower or were brought here on slave ships; whether they signed in at Ellis Island, or they crossed the Rio Grande, their diversity has not only enriched this country, it helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

“Hungry people.  Striving people.  Dreamers.  Risk-takers.

“People don’t come here looking for handouts.”

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