Obama calls for a ‘practical, common sense’ immigration system

On Thursday, President Barack Obama called for a “practical, common sense” immigration system that will help the US economy and maintain America’s immigrant tradition and... More Below... Posted by on Jul 1st, 2010 and filed under Politics.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama called for a “practical, common sense” immigration system that will help the US economy and maintain America’s immigrant tradition and he put the pressure on Republicans to get it through Congress.

In his first major immigration speech as president, Obama said, “Reform that brings accountability to our immigration system cannot pass without Republican votes. That is the political and mathematical reality.”

He added that his administration has taken record-setting actions to strengthen the border, and he urged Congress to approve “a pathway to legal status” for the 11 million or so illegal immigrants in the US.

Obama also said that because of the new Arizona law that gives police greater authority to question people’s citizenship, immigration has become “a source of fresh contention” in recent days. His administration is likely to file a lawsuit against Arizona, but the president did not discuss potential legal action.

(article and photo source: USA Today)