Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the statement today in response to President Obama's speech calling for comprehensive immigration reform:
"In his speech today, President Obama reminded the nation of the contributions immigrants have made to this country; since our nation's founding, those who have come to our shores to be part of the American dream have brought their hopes, aspirations, and optimism for a better future.
"President Obama outlined his Administration's efforts to secure our nation's borders. Republicans have called this progress a prerequisite before addressing the larger challenge; we continue to take strong action to address the security of our borders and now we must take strong action on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform.
"Last year, the Democratic House passed the DREAM Act with a bipartisan vote; it faced Republican obstruction in the Senate, but would have given hundreds of thousands of young people brought to our country without a choice the chance to earn legal status.
"We must heed the President's call and join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Tri-Caucus, Members on both sides of the Capitol, the business community, faith leaders, educators, public safety officials to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The challenge of reforming America's immigration laws is too great to be ignored."