President Barack Obama said the United States must resolve once and for all its illegal immigration problem, calling for bipartisan cooperation in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
WASHINGTON DC—President Barack Obama said the United States must resolve "once and for all" its illegal immigration problem, calling for bipartisan cooperation in his State of the Union speech Tuesday.
"I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration," he said in prepared remarks released by the White House.
"I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws, and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows."
Obama has maintained he is willing to find a compromise to address the status of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, many of whom are Latino, in the United States. But lawmakers disagree over how to resolve the issue.
"I know that debate will be difficult and take time," he said. "But tonight, let's agree to make that effort."