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VOA常速英语新闻:华盛顿本周聚焦移民改革(双语)

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总统奥巴马称生在外国的工人们也对美国强大的经济做出了贡献。
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President Barack Obama says foreign-born workers have always contributed to America’s economic prowess.
总统奥巴马称生在外国的工人们也对美国强大的经济做出了贡献。

“The promise we see in those who come from all over the world is one of our greatest strengths. It has kept our workforce young. It keeps our businesses on the cutting edge," he said.
“我们从这些来自世界各地人们的承诺中看到美国最强大的力量,他们使我们的劳动队伍保持年轻,使我们的商业处于领先地位。”

Now, U.S. business and union leaders are reporting a deal on a guest worker program for low-skilled laborers, potentially removing a key obstacle to an overhaul of federal immigration laws.
如今,美国商界和工会领袖们提出了针对技术水平低工人的客工计划方案,这就为重整联邦移民法移除了一大障碍。

“The time has come for comprehensive, sensible immigration reform," said Obama.
“进行全面、明智的移民改革的时候到了。”

Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are crafting reform bills that are expected to provide an eventual path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11-million undocumented foreign nationals in the country. That would be paired with heightened efforts to secure U.S. borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants.
国会两院的议员们正在草拟移民法案,该法案有望为美国1100万未注册外国公民的多数人获取公民资格打开一扇门。同时美国还将加强边境安全,阻止非法移民涌入。

Two champions of immigration reform - Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Charles Schumer - recently visited the U.S. border with Mexico.
移民改革的两大活动家共和党参议员约翰·麦凯恩和民主党议员查尔斯·舒默最近访问了美国与墨西哥的边境地区。


 词汇解释:
1.amid prep. 在其中,在其间

Some of the wreckage caused by the explosion fell amid the crowd of spectators.

爆炸产生的碎片落在围观人群当中。

2.contribute to 有助于;捐献

Various factors contributed to his downfall.

多种因素的作用导致了他的倒台。

3.prowess n. 英勇;超凡技术;勇猛

And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don't happen to possess it.

最关键的是,我们不能仅仅因为一些40岁以上的人没能掌握数码科技,就贬低数码科技的威力。

4.cutting-edge 尖端;前沿

California is on the cutting edge of trends that spread nationwide.

加州走在全国流行的尖端。

5.overhaul n.彻底检修,详细检查

This engine needs an overhaul.

这台发动机需要检修。

6.pair with 与…成对,与…配对

Try to pair this card with one exactly the same from the other pack.

设法将这张牌与另一叠牌中完全相同的一张牌配成一对。

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