On Monday, President Obama called on members of Congress to show some political courage and push the overhaul of the immigration laws. Obama made his comments during a White House naturalization ceremony.
Obama said lawmakers on Capitol Hill had made progress towards meeting on common ground over the issue of immigration. A group of eight bipartisan senators who have been meeting about new immigration legislation will likely introduce to Congress a new bill in April.
At the same time, a group of lawmakers in the House is working on a foundation for the overhaul of the immigration laws and will likely unveil its plan sometime during April.
Obama urged lawmakers in Washington to deliver a bill to him for his signature as soon as possible following the break for Easter.
Obama said progress is being made, but the job needs to be finished. He was attending a ceremony where 28 immigrants were taking their Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States.
Obama said it was quite simple – Everyone is aware of what is broken in the immigration laws and everyone is aware of how to correct it.
However, it might not be as easy as Obama hopes. Last week, the chairman of the Judiciary committee in the Senate, Democrat Patrick Leahy criticized the president and other lawmakers for moving slowly on the legislation. He said it was not probable that the committee would complete its work on the bill prior to the end of next month.
Obama repeated that new legislation should include the strengthening of the country’s borders and a pathway to citizenship, for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.