Obama Pushes Lawmakers On Immigration Reform

06.26.09 | FL News Team

President Obama is prodding lawmakers to craft comprehensive immigration reform this year. Obama hosted a White House meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. He called it a critical issue and said the nation's immigration system is "broken and needs fixing." The President stressed his administration is fully behind comprehensive reform and he criticized the "overheated rhetoric" on immigration. Obama called immigration reform a heavy lift, but said Americans are ready for "practical, common-sense" legislation.

 

The President said any reform bill must tighten the nation's porous borders while effectively dealing with the more than ten-million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S. The contentious and complicated issue has vexed U.S. leaders for decades. Former President George W. Bush tried to get a sweeping immigration reform bill passed in his second term, but momentum stalled in Congress.