What President Obama said during his State of the Union Speech on immigration:
"Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of
striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business,
labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time
has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my
Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern
border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings
to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned
citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying
taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back
of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting
periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled
entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our
In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we
speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to
draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done.
Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months,
and I will sign it right away."
From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/state-of-the-union-speech-2013_n_2641382.html