President Obama gave a fiery address supporting a similar package of comprehensive immigration reform to that proposed by the Senate.
He acknowledged the strong emotions fueling the debate on immigration. "The closer we get [to reform], the more emotional this issue is going to become," said the president.
But that didn't stop Obama from interjecting some emotional rhetoric of his own. "A lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them," said the POTUS to loud applause. "Unless you're a native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you."
Immigrants, he said, all "did their part to build our nation. They were the Einsteins and the Carnegies, but also them men and women...who built this country hand by hand, brick by brick."
In the speech Obama endorsed the Senate's bill, announced Monday, which would offer a path to earned citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants – and said he'd propose his own bill if Congress doesn't act fast. Obama's proposals differ slightly
from theirs. His plan includes "passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English and then going to the back of the line."