WASHINGTON, D.C. -President Obama is renewing his push for immigration reform now that the shutdown stalemate in Washington is over.
Speaking from the White House Thursday morning, Obama said people across the political spectrum know our current immigration system is broken. Obama says the United States shouldn't be giving undocumented residents an unfair advantage over legal residents of this country.
One of the key parts of the reforms he is proposing is a path to citizenship for those in the Unites States illegally. He also said passing immigration reform would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion, and shrink our national deficit by $1 trillion dollars.
The President says he's willing to negotiate, and anyone looking to hold up what he calls "common sense reforms" should have to explain why. Regardless of the partisan politics in Washington, the President says we can't wait to enact this reform.
"What we can't do, is sweep this problem under the rug, leave it for somebody else to solve sometime in the future. Rather than create problems, let's prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems. this reform comes as close to anything we've got to a law that will benefit everybody now and far into the future," said the President.
President Obama also said the majority of Americans support immigration reform. A Quinnipiac University poll from July of this year shows 64 percent of people are in favor of the measures passed in the Senate.