Obama: Immigration Reform for Non-Citizen Students

President wants to prevent deportation of immigrants developing vital skills.
1:36 | 01/24/12

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Let's also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented. Hardworking students in this country face another challenge. The fact that they aren't yet American citizens. Many were brought here -- small children. Our American through and through here they -- every day with the threat of deportation. Others came more -- to study business and science and engineering. But assuming they get their degree. We send them home to invent new products and -- new jobs somewhere else. And doesn't make sense. I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on -- illegal immigration. That's why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever -- That's why there are fewer illegal crossings. -- when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform. Right now. -- election year politics keeps congress from acting on a comprehensive plan. Let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who -- -- staff -- labs start new businesses. Defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship I will sign it right away.

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