A few days ago, I announced some steps I'm going to take to start fixing our broken immigration system.
Those executive actions mean we can crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons, not families, and require that many immigrants who have been living in the shadows pass a criminal background check and pay taxes. It means we can help up to 5 million people.
Those are steps that will make our country work better. I'm proud to take these actions, and I hope you're proud to support them.
But they do not mean that we have less of a need for comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to fully fix America's immigration system.
Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill -- a good one, even if it wasn't perfect. It would allow many people who've lived here for a very long time but aren't properly documented the opportunity to pay their taxes, get in the back of the line, pass a background check, and go through a process that allows them to earn their citizenship.
That bipartisan Senate bill has sat in the House of Representatives for more than 500 days -- and I believe that it is my responsibility as President to do everything I lawfully can to make sure that we don't keep on making the system worse in the meantime. But let me be clear: I want the actions I took last week to be replaced by action from Congress.
I'm going to be reaching out to congressional leaders moving forward, and encouraging them to join me in passing a comprehensive, bipartisan fix to this problem. Today, I'm asking you to add your voice to mine:
Too much is at stake for too many to stand by and wait any longer. Thanks for being with me, as always.