Obama calls for House to act on immigration

President Obama on Thursday called for the House to pass immigration reform after the Senate approved its bill.

“Today, the Senate did its job,” Obama said in a statement released minutes after the Senate’s 68-32 vote. “It’s now up to the House to do the same.”

Obama said the Senate vote brought the nation “a critical step closer” to fixing a broken system “once and for all.”

“As this process moves forward, I urge everyone who cares about this issue to keep a watchful eye,” Obama added. “Now is the time when opponents will try their hardest to pull this bipartisan effort apart so they can stop common-sense reform from becoming a reality. We cannot let that happen.”

The president, who has made immigration reform one of his top priorities in his second term, called on Americans to reach out to their lawmakers to “do the right thing.”

Obama, traveling in Africa for the next week, called the bipartisan bill a compromise and said that nobody got everything they wanted.

“Not Democrats. Not Republicans. Not me. But the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for common-sense reform that I, and many others, have repeatedly laid out,” he said.