President Obama urges to pass DREAM Act and an immigration reform

President Obama delivered a speech on Friday, June 15 in which he stood with young immigrants who were brought as undocumented children before turning 16 years old and who would qualify for a pathway to citizenship under the DREAM Act bill if they obtain a college degree or serve in the military.

He said that a recent policy decision to stop deportations of undocumented young people is “the right thing to do” to the country´s economy although he recognized that this is a temporary relief for young people. Obama urged Congress to pass the DREAM Act along with a Comprehensive Immigration Reform to allow farmers and ranchers to have access to a stable workforce, and to allow high skilled immigrants to work in the fields of science and technology.

The President also reminded when the Dream Act was approved in the House but failed to pass in the Senate last time it was voted in December 2010. “The need has not changed, the only thing that changed is politics. It makes no sense to expel talented young people."

Watch his speech on video.