During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, President Obama, among other things, challenged Congress to pass legislation to provide a path to citizenship for illegal and legal students who are getting an education in this country. President Obama addressed those who came into the U.S. more recently to “study science, business and engineering.”
His argument for legal students to find a way to citizenship is that “as soon as they graduate we sent them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else”.
“I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That’s why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now," Obama said.