The President was passionate about the need to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform asserts while speaking to 24 American service members as they became citizens USA in April. Over the years, many have attempted to confront this challenge, but passions are great and disagreements run deep. Yet surely we can all agree that when 11 million people in our country are living here illegally, outside the system, that’s unacceptable. The American people demand and deserve a solution. And they deserve common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform grounded in the principles of responsibility and accountability.
As he explained, and as his record shows, the government has a responsibility to enforce the law. But as he also explained, the only way to truly fix our broken immigration system is with a comprehensive federal approach.
The President will make clear that this is a top priority and call on Congress to tackle it in a major speech at American University at 10:45AM EDT today.