Obama: Immigration Bill 'Consistent With the Principles' I Have Laid Out
10:18 AM, Jun 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama uses his weekly address to tout the immigration bill that's currently being debated in the Senate. "It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law," Obama contends.
The president says that the bill is imperfect, but that everyone should be able to support it. This is "what comprehensive immigration reform looks like. Stronger enforcement. A smarter legal immigration system. A pathway to earned citizenship. A more vibrant, growing economy that’s fairer on the middle class. And a more stable fiscal future for our kids," he says.
"Now, the bill isn’t perfect. It’s a compromise. Nobody is going to get everything they want – not Democrats, not Republicans, not me. But it’s consistent with the principles that I and others have laid out for commonsense reform. That’s why Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, are saying that now is the time to pass this bill. If you agree with us, reach out to your Senators and Representatives. Tell them that the time for excuses is over; it’s time to fix our broken immigration system once and for all."
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