President Obama, in an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, says he intends to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform in the weeks ahead, despite looming battles with Congress over the budget, taxes, entitlement reform and gun control.
"I've said fixing the immigration system is a top priority. I will introduce legislation in the first year to get that done," the president said. "I think we've talked about it long enough. We know how we can fix it. We can do it in a comprehensive way that the American people support."
Obama wants a comprehensive bill that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country. Also on the table is DREAM Act legislation that would allow young illegal immigrants who came here as children to stay in the country and work or study.