Obama urges Congress to pass immigration reform in address to the nation 

During his annual State of the Union address, President Obama yesterday reiterated the importance of immigration reform, urged Congress to create a law that would keep immigrant families together, and warned that he would reject any attempt to repeal the health care law or his actions on immigration.

"We cannot risk the safety of families by taking away health insurance...or go back to the same fights of the past over immigration when what we need to do is fix the system. And if a bill comes to my desk that seeks to do any of these things, I will veto it," the President said.

"Yes, the immigration issue still raises passions, but surely we can all recognize something of ourselves in a persevering young student and agree that no one benefits when a working mother is separated from her child, and that it is possible to improve a law that confirms our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants."

The President spoke very little about immigration in this address to the nation, but in November, he devoted much more time to it when he announced his executive actions, which include the expansion of DACA and the creation of DAPA, a deferred action program for parents.

You can read the speech in its entirety, in Spanish, by clicking here. click here.