August 10th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
5 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. Satomayor to the rescue

    With Satomayor on the supreme court and Obama in the white house, we will soon have no illegal immigrants as Obama will grant amnesty to all 25 million illegals in exchange for their vote

    August 10, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Ted

    That we know. We don't have a problem with Canada, but we do with Mexico who come over the border any way they can because of economic opportunity as there is very little in Mexico. So what is Calderon doing about that?

    But the answer is not putting up a steel wall like Dubya did.

    August 10, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Rob

    Yes, and it needs to be fixed immediately! The company Pelosi and her husband run is in need of workers, and they'll be dipped if they're gonna hire legals.

    August 10, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    Yes, it is broken, and will remain broken until the Party of No gets it through their collective thick skulls that a cohesive program that doesn't favor letting major corporations get away with hiring illegal immigrants, that doesn't separate legally-born American citizens from their parents, and doesn't support fascist raids on homes at 2 in the morning needs to be created in true bi-partisanship.

    August 10, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Anne

    Thank God, a politician who wants to defend our borders and not get swayed by the "latino vote" . It is time for us to put our own house in order first.

    August 10, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    How about this: any company that knowingly hires illegals gets all of their assets seized by the US government, the assets are auctioned off to the highest bidder, the whistleblower gets 10% and the government pockets the rest. Simple. But it will never work because so much of our economy relies on illegals. Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. vic nashville , Tn

    This statement form our president will spin as follow

    “Obama apologize to Mexico”

    Tomorrow Headline Line news from Rush, Fox and Broken GOP

    August 10, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    That's 20 million new democrat votes, America.

    August 10, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    GOP "broken," says me...

    Or maybe just "broke," as in "morally bankrupt."

    August 10, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Bpin

    I thought that "legal" immigration in the US meant that you come here with papers and a psssport to be here and then if you want citizenship you must go through the process and take the oath. If this is the case, why do we have almost 20 million illegals in this country, most of who are not only illegal but are also taking advantage of government services. This major problem, which is having a direct impact on our poor economy, was ignored by Bush and is being ignored by Obama. Lip service just does not fix things..

    August 10, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Rachael

    The Immigration system is broken. THANKS for the tip. Worthless..

    August 10, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. anti liberal

    its amazing to me that if the US healthcare system is so horrible then why do all the illegals come here?

    You don't hear about Americans running to Mexico for treatment??

    Some go to India for cost reasons but not Mexico.

    August 10, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Doug Neumann

    Yes, immigration is broken, but the amnesty for 20 million illegals that Obama wants is not the answer. Besides taking our jobs and undercutting our economy, we will be paying for their healthcare, too.
    The answer is as it has always been, to fine and prosecute companies who hire illegals. If there are no jobs for them, they will not come.

    August 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Mike

    I'd love to hear what Mexico's priorities are in this meeting, other than draining as much money and labor as possible out of the US.

    August 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Once again Umbama opens his mouth and sounds good and says nothing.

    Just once I would like to hear him commit to something. No wonder his numbers are down. People realize he is just another politician.

    August 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    The only ones who have a right to complain about immigration are the American Indians – and we took good care of them!

    August 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Marty

    It's broken indeed, probably because we haven't closed our borders and enforced immigration laws. I'm sure your "immigration reform" will include a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegals in this country, converting them into an additional 12 million grateful Democratic voters. Right Mr. President?

    August 10, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Minnesotan

    Close the border with Mexico. That's the biggest source of illegal immigration and influx of scum.

    August 10, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Fed Up

    Now there is a brilliant statement. No one would have thought of that, had President Obama not said it. I'm so glad he is in office to bring these tiny problems to light.

    August 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Everytime this idiot opens his mouth, America is going to get somethng else it doesn't want shoved down its throat, until we are just like his buddy Chavez.

    August 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Angry Dem

    Obama needs to fix what he has already started before he puts his hands in another fire. Hasn't he spent anough money that America doesn't have already? Finish what you have started, Obama!!! Your approval ratings are going down like a sinking ship!!

    August 10, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Lance

    Let's face it, everything si broken after eight years of George W. and his Republican thugs. It's going to take time to straigten out the mess they left behind. God bless us one and all.

    August 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. socalgal

    LEGAL IMMIGRATION – make the rest go home. NO AMNESTY!!!

    August 10, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Dont blame me

    That is right it IS BROKEN and AMNESTY isn't the way to fix it.

    And neither is illegals health insurance.

    Pass the SAVE act, it will protect American citizens and American workers.

    August 10, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Obama 2.0

    Yes it is broken and that is the way the GOP wants it.

    August 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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