Obama: We Need to Pass Immigration Reform

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform in a speech Tuesday from Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas. "With humor and a little sarcasm," La Opinión reports, "the president stressed that the goal of securing the border can no longer be used as an excuse for the lack of progress in Congress." The president laid out the ways his administration has increased border enforcement.

In response to pressure from immigration advocates who have called on him to bypass Congress and use his executive powers to end deportations, Obama said that that's not how democracy works. He called on Congress to take action by approving comprehensive immigration reform. This would include four components: securing our borders and enforcing the law; holding businesses accountable if they exploit undocumented workers; allowing those here illegally to pay taxes, pay fines, learn English and undergo background checks before getting in line to become legal residents; and stopping illegal immigration by reforming our outdated system of legal immigration.