25 October 2013, 18:14

Obama to Congress: revisit immigration reform

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform in the East Room of the White House, 24 October 2013. President Obama urged Congress to complete a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system. 

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform in the East Room of the White House, 24 October 2013. President Obama urged Congress to complete a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system. 

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform in the East Room of the White House, 24 October 2013. President Obama urged Congress to complete a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system. 

By Rob Sachs

WASHINGTON (VOR)— President Obama made a plea to restart the conversation on immigration reform Thursday at the White House.

He said the time was ripe for reform and that the polls said that American people wanted to see this happen. He also added that immigration reform would be in the best interests of the US economy and national security.

Still, the House of Representatives have yet to put an immigration reform bill on the floor.

VOR host Rob Sachs spoke about the impasse with Dara Lind, Senior Policy Associate at America’s Voice, an immigration advocacy organization based in Washington DC.

Lind says this is the one issue that Republicans can’t ignore since the Latino vote is critical. Additionally she says legislation that doesn’t address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the United States has little chance of getting through Congress.

Lind called on House Speaker John Boehner to buck the most conservative members of his party and look for a bipartisan solution that includes a pathway to citizenship.

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