Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:48:23 GMT | By PTI

Obama calls for comprehensive immigration reform

In his remarks, Obama also urged the Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year

Obama calls for comprehensive immigration reform (© Reuters)

Washington: US President Barack Obama has advocated a “comprehensive immigration” reform by establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship; and by developing a system to attract the best talent of the world to the US.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labour, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama said in his annual State of the Union Address — the first of his second term.

Real immigration reform

Real immigration reform, he said means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow the American economy.

“Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made — putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years,” he said.

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