President Barack Obama has revealed that he is content with America's border-control practices, so much so that he has called on Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform.
During a speech in El Paso, Texas on May 10, Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would grant more pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. In regard to questions about the nation's border control enforcement, the President said that his administration has "answered these concerns."
Obama predicted that Republican lawmakers will push for further border security, joking that they will request a moat with alligators.
GOP Congressmen have accused the President of distorting the facts. According to a statement by Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Mexican drug cartels have increased their presence inside the U.S., and the data on spillover crime and violence is "underreported," according to media reports. McCaul claimed that up to 90 percent of Texas' 1,200-mile border "is still not under operational control."
In his speech, Obama said that immigration reform measures could help stimulate the economy, noting that Google, Intel, eBay and Yahoo were created by immigrants.
"We don't want the next Intel or Google to be created in China or India," said Obama.