The White House: immigration reform is a "economic necessity"

To recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression

WASHINGTON. - The White House said yesterday that immigration reform is a "financial need" in the U.S., reason why President Barack Obama is insisting that Congress acts in a bipartisan fashion to achieve an approval.

White House spokesman, Jay Carney, during his usual daily briefing said that the "number one" priority of President Obama is to restore economic growth and create jobs in the United States.

"It is important to see issues like immigration reform, as it has been publicly said very firmly and in the business world, as an economic necessity. The economic benefit of a comprehensive immigration reform are many and important, and is a major reason why the President believes we need to come together in a bipartisan fashion to achieve it, "said Carney.

The spokesman reiterated that Obama's administration believes that in order for the country to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, investing in sectors that create good paying jobs is required which includes energy and education.

According to Carney, "there is no reason to delay "the approval of an immigration reform and "continue the progress that has been made," and pass a bill that "reflects the principles that the president has presented that is also shared with a bipartisan group in the Senate and turn it into law."

Efe asked Carney on current negotiations for immigration reform, which he reiterated that President Obama's immigration reform "is absolutely essential to the health of our economy and protecting our middle class."

Obama hopes to work with Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress to achieve a reform. "It is clear that theirs is a priority," said Carney.

Carney also made reference to the principles presented on Monday, of a group of eight senators (four Democrats and four Republicans) to serve as a "road map" for a possible immigration reform that will allow for legalization, which would benefit the eleven million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

On Tuesday, President Obama introduced his own immigration bill during a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, which differs in some points from that of the Senate, but it shares the same goal of allowing for new legalization that will lead a path towards citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reinforcing border security and reforming the visa system, among other things.


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