Obama calls for April debate on immigration bill

This image shows a portion of press release distributed by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles which illustrates new driver's licenses for applicants of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Transportation Department spokesman Mike Charbonneau said Thursday, March 21, 2013 that the state opted against the pink licenses because the computer and printing coding is easier if the licenses are the same as those for other drivers. The state will begin issuing licenses Monday to young adults brought to the U.S. as children without legal authorization. Under an Obama administration program, they now qualify for work permits. The licenses still say

This image shows a portion of press release distributed by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles which illustrates new driver's licenses for applicants of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Transportation Department spokesman Mike Charbonneau said Thursday, March 21, 2013 that the state opted against the pink licenses because the computer and printing coding is easier if the licenses are the same as those for other drivers. The state will begin issuing licenses Monday to young adults brought to the U.S. as children without legal authorization. Under an Obama administration program, they now qualify for work permits. The licenses still say "NO LAWFUL STATUS." (AP Photo/North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he expects Congress to take up debate on an immigration bill next month so that he can sign it into law as soon as possible.

Obama's challenge came at a White House citizenship ceremony for 28 immigrants hailing from more than two dozen countries. Thirteen were members of the U.S. military.

Obama said immigration makes the country stronger. But he said the country needs to do a better job of welcoming the best and the brightest from around the world.

Obama said the country needs to modernize the legal immigration system and give illegal immigrants already here a way to become citizens. His proposal also includes stronger border security and employer enforcement.
Associated Press
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