President Obama urges Congress to vote on immigration reforms agreed to two years ago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month by calling on Congress to vote on an immigration reform bill. Obama says that nearly two years ago, Democrats and Republicans joined together to fix America's broken immigration system. "They passed a commonsense bill to secure our border, get rid of backlogs, and give undocumented immigrants who are already living here a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, paid their taxes, and went to the back of the line," Obama says in his weekly address. The president claims that for nearly two years, House Republican leaders have refused to allow a vote on the legislation. In the meantime, Obama says he will continue to work to make the immigration system more fair. "Last fall, I took action to provide more resources for border security; focus enforcement on the real threats to our security; modernize the legal immigration system for workers, employers, and students; and bring more undocumented immigrants out of the shadows so they can get right with the law," says Obama. Twenty six states have challenged Obama's executive orders on immigration that would offer more protections and prevent deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked implementation of Obama's order. Obama says he will continue fighting for his proposals, "Because the law is on our side," he says. "It's the right thing to do. And it will make America stronger."