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Obama Renews Push for Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 25, 20 President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 25, 20
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President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 25, 20
President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 25, 20
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U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to provide fresh momentum to efforts on immigration reform.

Obama called Monday for lawmakers to introduce legislation next month, saying the time has come to fix the immigration system once and for all.

"We are making progress but we've got to finish the job. This problem is not new. Everyone pretty much knows what's broken. Everybody knows how to fix it."

The president spoke at a White House naturalization ceremony for 28 new U.S. citizens, including 13 active-duty military service members.

A group of eight Democratic and Republican senators outlined a plan for sweeping immigration reform in January, but some details of the plan have yet to be worked out.

Obama was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

There are more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Obama has made immigration reform a priority for his second term. He has been advocating for a comprehensive approach that combines improved border security with a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.

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by: Curly from: USA
March 25, 2013 3:38 PM
A bipartisan group in congress has bee working on an immigration proposal but it seems that border protection has been the major hold up. I would propose that they should include a way that would allow them to come to an agreement to start the ball rolling before the border can be fully protected. First of all establish what would be cal ports of entry for the people to come through. At these POEs they would be processed in and given a temporary ID card. It would work for them until they could get their green card. Now for the people who are here illegally now they would have to register with ICE within a given time and later have their positions declared. The registration would be their legal right to be here until a hearing for their disposition can be determined. The illegal group would only receive legal status and have to wait till the legals have applied for citizenship. Now after the date for the law to become active nobody without the card issued by one of the POEs could stay but would have to be deported. Upon the second time they enter without going though one of the POEs that person would not be allow to come to the US. This would give those that are here now legal status but not a direct pathway to citizenship until those who come legally be given the chance for citizenship.

by: Leanne
March 25, 2013 3:04 PM
stop all deportations TODAY. Just stop it and fix the system. No more deportations.

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