Obama to Congress: 'Finish Job' on Immigration
Calls for April debate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony, March 25, 2013, at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – At a White House ceremony honoring 28 new American citizens today, President Obama called for Congress to "finish the job" on immigration reform. He said the system is "broken" and now is the time "to fix it once and for all," his most substantive remarks on the issue in more than a month, the AP reports. He wants lawmakers, currently on spring break, to take up debate next month and finalize the overhaul legislation. He praised the eight senators drafting a bill that would create a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, but urged them to wrap things up so he can sign it into law as soon as possible.

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Daniel-from-TN
Mar 27, 2013 10:26 PM CDT
obama want Congress to "finish the job." Translation: Open the borders and allow all who wish to enter, with no conditions.
Daniel-from-TN
Mar 27, 2013 10:23 PM CDT
Here are some practical reasons for opposing amnesty and supporting deportation. 1. The federal government claims deportation would cost about 236 billion dollars, thereby making deportation cost prohibitive. However, taxpayers are currently paying $22,000 per year per illegal immigrant for free schooling, free medical care (which has caused several hospitals to shut down), food stamps, and other social services. Multiply this by the 11 million the administration will admit are in the US, not the 20 million known to be here, and you have ANNUAL cost of 242 billion dollars. Let's compare. A ONE TIME cost of 236 billion or an annual cost of 242 billion. The truth is, we cannot afford to NOT deport illegals. 2. According to the CDC and the US Dept. of Health, over 1/3 of illegals could not pass a routine health exam: the type of exam you sometimes take when you start a new job, the simplest exam in the medical community. Does anyone actually believe the increase in the number of US cases of tuberculosis, measles, and other illnesses and diseases common to Mexico is a coincidence? 3. What are we telling those waiting their turn to enter the country legally? We are telling them they are fools for waiting. Now we are also telling them they will have to wait even longer to enter the US legally because we would rather have the unhealthy and law breakers instead of healthy, law abiding people. 4. 60% of the outstanding murder warrants in Los Angeles County are for illegals. Nationwide the number is 50%. Due to the sequester lie, thousands of CRIMINAL illegals were recently released, meaning both of those numbers will probably increase. I can only imagine what kind of publicity there will be when one of those released illegals rapes or kills someone. In addition to criminal cases, there will be civil lawsuits against the federal government for releasing them in the first place.
Humanitys_Children
Mar 26, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
its so funny that we concentrate so much of our argument of undocumented immigrants on the hispanic culture whoa re here there are many of them sure, but what about the irish who are here - in new york and through out? Or the other 'whiter' countries like germany, russia, etc. where is the outrage? I believe that ALL people should be given a shot at making a go of it here just as OUR grandparents did. Many of us would not be here if young america had kicked out our folks, so i think now everyone is just "I'm here and you're not, so get out."