Here are the President's remarks on immigration in the State of the Union. While some pundits on both sides of the issue will complain that the President didn't talk in enough detail about a reform deal, he probably spent more time on the topic of immigration than any President in decades.



To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the
education and training that today's jobs require. But we also have to
make sure that America remains a place where everyone who's willing to
work hard has the chance to get ahead.


Our economy is stronger
when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful
immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law
enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to
pass comprehensive immigration reform.


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.


Real reform means establishing a responsible
pathway to earned citizenship - a path that includes passing a
background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning
English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to
come here legally.


And real reform 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 our economy.


In other words, we know what
needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are
working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now
let's get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in
the next few months, and I will sign it right away.