Obama renews efforts for immigration reform

10:49, April 20, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama met with his Cabinet members and a broad group of business and political leaders on Tuesday in an attempt to re-energize the stalled immigration reform.

"The president reiterated his deep disappointment that Congressional action on immigration reform has stalled and that the DREAM Act failed to pass in the U.S. Senate after passing with a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House in December," the White House said.

Apart from senior administration officials, a number of "stakeholders" were invited to share their ideas on "how to tackle our shared challenge of fixing our nation's broken immigration system in order to meet our 21st century economic and security needs."

The president reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform that both strengthens security at U.S. borders while restoring accountability to the broken immigration system. He also pointed out that perpetuating a broken immigration system is not an option if America is to win the future, according to the White House.

Obama had vowed to reform the country's immigration system during his presidential campaign in 2008, which helped him win critical support from an important and still growing constituency -- Hispanic voters.

But more than two years past, those voters did not see what the president had promised them, and are getting impatient and dissatisfied with the administration.

Given an emboldened Republican Party in Congress after the midterm elections, comprehensive immigration reform is almost impossible in the near future.

Source: Xinhua
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