Updated 8:11 p.m. ET, 10/23/2013
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Thursday to take back up comprehensive immigration reform.
The White House says that Obama will make the announcement on Thursday (at 10:35 a.m.) The statement will be delivered in the White House East Room.
“Commonsense immigration is good for the country and it’s the right thing to do. It will grow the economy, reduce the deficit, and has broad support from both democrats and republicans, business and labor, as well as law enforcement and faith leaders,” a White House official said.
“The President has made clear the key principles that must be a part of any bipartisan, commonsense effort, including continuing to strengthen border security, creating an earned path to citizenship, holding employers accountable, and bringing our immigration system into the 21st century.”
Immigration reform had been placed on the backburner after the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a bill in June that went nowhere in the House of Representatives. Controlled by Republicans, the House has said it would prefer to undertake a number of smaller bills instead of the one large package passed by the Senate.
House Democrats introduced their own version at the beginning of the month, one without the huge expansion of the Border Patrol included in the Senate bill.
One of the most contentious parts of the Senate version was a one-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Many Republicans have rejected any route to legal status as amnesty for lawbreakers.
–CNN’s Kevin Bohn and Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.