Obama to Congress: Pass Immigration Reform

The president's weekly address focuses on the immigration debate in Congress.
3:09 | 06/22/13

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Hi everybody. Right now the United States senate is debating a bipartisan common sense bill could be an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system. It's a builder would continue to strengthen security our borders. And hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers so they won't have an unfair advantage or businesses the -- of the -- It's a bill that would modernize -- legal immigration system so that as we train American workers for the jobs tomorrow. We're also attracting highly skilled out and -- engineers who grow our economy for every. It's a bill would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the eleven million individual -- in this country illegally. A pathway that includes passing a background check learning English. Paying taxes and a penalty and then going to the back of line behind everyone trying to come here legal. And a few days ago a report from the Congressional Budget Office definitively -- this bipartisan common sense bill will help the middle class -- economy. Inch record deficits. By making sure that every worker in America plays by the same set rules and pays taxes like -- -- us. According to this independent report reforming our immigration system would reduce our deficits by almost a trillion dollars over the next two decades. And it will boost our economy by more than 5%. In part because businesses created investments made and technologies invented by imports. This comes on the heels of another report from the independent office that monitors Social Security's finances. Which says that this immigration bill would actually strengthen the long term health and solvency of Social Security for future generations. Because -- this -- millions of additional people will start paying more in taxes for things like social security and education. That'll make the economy fairer for middle class. So that's what conference of immigration reform looks like stronger enforcement a smarter legal immigration system a pathway to earned citizenship. A more vibrant growing economy that's -- on the middle class and a more stable fiscal future for markets. -- the bill isn't perfect. It's -- compromise nobody's gonna get everything they want not Democrats not Republicans not me. But it's consistent with the principles that I and others have laid out for common sense reform. That's why Republicans and Democrats CEOs and labor leaders are saying that now's the time to pass this bill. If you agree with us reach out to your senators and representatives. Told them that the time for excuses -- It's time to fix our broken immigration system once and pearl. We can do this because we are nation of laws and a nation of imports. A place enriched by the contributions of people from all over the world and stronger for. That's been the story of America from the start. So let's keep it going. Banks and -- we can.

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