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Immigration Reform

President Obama made a statement Thursday that put the issue of immigration once again, at the forefront.

The President listed immigration as one of his top three concerns after the government shutdown ended. In Thursday's statement, the President pushed Congress to pass immigration  reform before the year ends.

"It could be passed by the end of the year, but I think people are going to want to see more planning and projecting  of how this all is going to happen so that everyone who wants to be a citizen does so in the proper steps," said Cynthia Nieto.

In June of this year the Senate approved the immigration reform bill, which was sent to the House of Representatives.

The reform bill stayed in the House for a while, but now the House is seeing immigration as an important issue that needs to be addressed.

In July a CBS poll said that 78% of people were for providing a "path" for immigrants if they went through certain requirements.

Those requirements being: paying back taxes and a fine, learning English and completing a background check to  become a U.S. citizen.

"I think its a great opportunity for anyone to become a citizen of the united states," said Nieto.

"I believe this bill is putting too many restrictions on people immigrating to the united states," said Mark Woodard.

According to the President, "now is the time to pass immigration reform, which calls for bipartisan support." 

The President also said, "the passing of immigration reform is the right thing to do. We need to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system."
 
Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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