Washington, Jan 26 (Agencies): US President Barack Obama has sought bipartisan support from the Congress to resolve the immigration issue that has plagued the nation for the past several years, thus calling for comprehensive reforming of immigration laws.

"I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows," Obama said.

"I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let's agree to make that effort. And let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation," he said in his State of the Union Address.

Obama said on Wednesday, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in US schools who are not American citizens.

"Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents," he said.

"They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense," Obama said.

Need for new rail and digital revolution

The US President has also called for a new rail and digital revolution in his country.

"Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 per cent of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car," Obama said in his State of the Union Address.

"For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway," he said in his address to the joint session of the US Congress.

"Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 per cent of all Americans. This isn't just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It's about connecting every part of America to the digital age," he said.

It's about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face- to-face video chats with her doctor," Obama said.

"All these investments - in innovation, education, and infrastructure - will make America a better place to do business and create jobs.