August 10th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Immigration system 'broken,' says Obama

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (CNN) - President Obama said Monday at the North American Leaders Summit he is committed to "fix the broken immigration system."

The three North American countries depend on their borders being safe and secure, Obama said, adding that he supports "orderly and legal" migration, while respecting the American tradition of welcoming immigrants.

Filed under: Canada • Immigration • Mexico • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Mike in NYC

    You're telling me. 25-30 million illegals certainly seems to scream "broken."

    Then again, maybe it's not broken, but working as intended. It could be that someone wants them here.

    August 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Jefe

    I say put the onus on the country of origin of illegal immigrants. For every illegal we find in the U.S., the country of origin needs to pay us $5,000,000. Any who do not pay have all trade with the U.S. shut down. Since most nations benefit from trade with us, at our expense, this will help cut down illegal immigration (in whatever ways their countries of origin see fit to enforce), while improving our trade balances and adding revenue to our coffers and reducing expenses.

    August 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. John E Demello

    Why don't you just come out and say that your pushing a North American Union. All you have done so far is push the infrastructure of this country towards just that with the money spent on roads and bridges. You and your cohorts want to eliminate the borders. You want to start letting the trucks from Mexico roll right across the border. So much for the sovereignty of this nation. We as Americans need to stand up and say enough is enough. The politicians have lied about everything. They have crippled Social Security, Bankrupted the Country, destroyed our standing as am nation. the Democrats in particular are directly responsible for the state we are in. President Clinton to Barney Franks and Co. to lower lending standards so that people who could not afford to got loans. They all knew. Get rid of all of them

    August 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Larry S

    Obie might make a change . . . but he does not know the correct thing to do. Anyone can still come to America and become a citizen . . . that does not need fixing. The fix ix is to uphold the current laws and illegals need to be put out of the country. The laws are available, but making changes to the law is not the solution. Obie is already not suporting the laws . . . therefore, he is also the illegal on this item.

    August 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Fred the Moderate

    I don't think it's our job to put the world to work and let our own suffer without jobs. I think Mexico should do more to promot jobs in their country. They stop illegal immigration by putting them in jail for 10 years. We plan on rewarding them?????

    August 10, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Oh, WOW! What an observation. The system has been broken for decades!

    August 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Kevin in Ohio

    No kidding? Our immigrration system is broken???? Gee, could that be because we've chosen to ignore the immigration laws for so long?

    August 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Peter Wall

    How is it broken?? Our Northern and Southern borders are wide open. What happened to our Southern fence? The majority of Americans wanted this fence years ago.

    August 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Ken

    Obama says one thing and does another! He is only interested in giving 12 to 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO ARE BREAKING OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, AMNESTY!

    The American people want our borders secured before any other considerations are given to those that are breaking our immigration laws.

    August 10, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. MatthewDetroit

    The system is not broke, you just refuse to enforce the law.
    Ship the illegals out.
    Stop paying for their healthcare and education.
    They are part of the big problem but not the only problem in CA.
    It is time to ship people out, families and all.
    They are not LEGAL IMMIGRANTS so they should pay the price and be shipped out of the country.

    August 10, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. TCM

    please Obama...we're going broke with you trying to "fix," everything....please, just go back to Chicago and be the street thug activist; that's the limit of your expertise.

    August 10, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. MatthewDetroit

    I dont understand why all the lousy union workers that supported Obama still support him. You idiots are losing jobs and all you do is support a guy who is opening the borders and wants everyone in.
    He cant pay for it but he will force the 60% that pay taxes to pay for all the illegals, all their healtcare, and all their schooling.
    The Benelovent Dictator Barack Obama.

    August 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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