Washington: Highlighting the need of a uniform immigration system for the future of America, the US President Barack Obama has expressed his commitment to a comprehensive immigration reform.

Expressing his concern about talent immigration, the White House reiterated in a statement that the US educates the best and brightest but then ships that talent overseas or expels talented young people who have grown up as Americans and want to further their education or serve in the military.

Obama was up on the issue during a meeting with influential Hispanics from across the US to discuss the importance of fixing the broken immigration system for America’s 21st century economic and security needs.

The White House said, "The President repeated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform that both strengthens security at borders while restoring  accountability to the broken immigration system, and pointed out that perpetuating a broken immigration system is not an option if America is to win the future.”

Obama expressed his deep disappointment that Congressional action on immigration reform has slowed down and that the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act failed to pass in the Senate after being passed in the US House with a bipartisan majority in December last year, the statement said.

Obama also noted that the only way to fix the immigration system is through legislative action in Congress, and that he cannot unilaterally change the law, the statement said.

The president made it clear that while his Administration continues to improve legal immigration system, secure borders, and enhance immigration enforcement so that it is more effectively and sensibly focused on criminals, more voices are needed to elevate the immigration debate beyond the politics, false debates, and rhetoric that have dominated the issue.


Obama urged meeting participants to help elevate the debate, and to forge partnerships across sectors and across demographics.

"There was broad agreement that more voices are needed to change the tone of the debate so that Congress acts to fix the broken system in a way that upholds America's history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants," the statement said.

 (Agencies)