Obama goes on to say in his weekly address that the bill would offer a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally provided they meet certain criteria, strengthen border security and generally “modernize” the nation’s immigration system.
“That’s what immigration reform looks like. Smarter enforcement. A pathway to earned citizenship,” Obama said. “Improvements to the legal immigration system. They’re all commonsense steps. They’ve got broad support – from Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, law enforcement and clergy. So there is no reason that Congress can’t work together to send a bill to my desk by the end of the summer.”
On Friday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who wants to pass immigration reform through a set of small bills rather than one big bill, said that the Senate had a “false choice” through considering the Border Security Act.
“This is not the bill to fix our immigration system,” Lee said during a speech on the Senate floor. “We’re being presented with a choice of the Gang of Eight bill or nothing….This is a false choice, there is another way.”