World News

Obama Puts Spotlight on Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to support legislation that he believes will fix the nation's "broken" immigration system.

In his weekly address Saturday, Mr. Obama said "nobody will get everything they want" from the immigration bill being debated in the Senate. But he said the bill will strengthen border security, increase penalties against traffickers and create a pathway for earned citizenship.

The bipartisan authors of the bill say the legislation would require those in the country illegally to pay a fine, pay taxes and wait for years for a chance at citizenship. Opponents of the bill say it will amount to a de facto amnesty.



Even if the reform bill passes in the Senate, it will likely face tougher scrutiny in the House of Representatives, where leaders are vowing to bring their own immigration bill to the floor for debate.

Republican Representative Luke Messer said in his party's address Saturday that legislators and the president need to work out a compromise to keep federally subsidized student loan rates low. He accused Mr. Bush of "campaign-style" tactics to attack a Republican plan that Messer says somewhat "mirrors the White House's own proposal.

Student loan rates are set to double in July 1 from the current 3.4 percent.

Featured Story

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to workers during a visit to the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 16, 2014.

Video Sony Still Hopes to Release Film About Killing Kim Jong Un

N. Korea denies it was responsible for hacking Sony Pictures' computer network and posting embarrassing emails, but the communist state has praised the computer attack as 'a righteous deed' More