Obama: Immigration Reform Will Ensure 'Economic Security'
"Number two. We should fix our broken immigration system. Now this would be good for our national security, but it would also be good for our economic security. Over the next two decades, it would grow our economy by $1.4 trillion. It would shrink our deficits by nearly a trillion dollars. This should not be a partisan issue. President Bush proposed the broad outlines of common sense immigration reform almost a decade ago. When I was in the Senate, I joined 23 of my Republican colleagues to back those reforms. This year the Senate's already passed a bill with broad bipartisan support. So all we're doing now is waiting for the House to act. I don't know what the hold up is, but if there's a good reason not to do it, I haven't heard it. There's no reason both parties can't come together, get this done this year. Get it done this year."