Obama to Congress: 'Finish Job' on Immigration

Calls for April debate

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 25, 2013 12:35 PM CDT

(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.

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.
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)
President Obama shakes hands with Julian de Lavalle, from Colombia, before leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony, Monday, March 25, 2013.
President Obama shakes hands with Julian de Lavalle, from Colombia, before leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony, Monday, March 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Obama shakes hands following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, Monday, March 25, 2013.
President Obama shakes hands following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, Monday, March 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Obama greets new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, Monday, March 25, 2013.
President Obama greets new US citizens during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, Monday, March 25, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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