Even though President Barack Obama (pictured at podium) said last week he wants to see immigration reform legislation passed by Congress by the end of summer, several amendments to the current Senate bill by Republicans risk deepening the division along party lines. Tuesday morning, the President showed support for commonsense reform legislation, aiming to address the hot-button immigration issue and encourage Senators to pass the bill.
Representatives from law enforcement, business leaders, labor organizers, leaders of the interfaith community, and Republican- and- Democratic-elected officials who all want to see a fair bill passed joined President Obama onstage.
“This week, the Senate will consider a common-sense, bipartisan bill that is the best chance we’ve had in years to fix our broken immigration system,” said the President, speaking from the East Room of the White House. “To truly deal with this issue Congress needs to act. And that moment is now.
“There’s no good reason to play procedural games or engage in obstruction just to block the best chance we’ve had in years to address this problem in a way that’s fair to middle-class families, to business owners, to legal immigrants,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not who we are. We owe it to America to do better. We owe it to the dreamers to do better. We owe it to the young people.”