President Obama has pushed for American immigration reform in a recent speech.
20 May 2011
Obama talks American immigration reform at US border
President Barack Obama visited El Paso to speak on the American immigration system and his plans for comprehensive reform, though pundits consider the chances for a US immigration bill to be passed by Congress as low.
Obama's discussion of making significant changes to the US immigration system is an effort by the White House to demonstrate a commitment to one of Obama's key goals in his 2008 campaign.
Speaking on the need for immigrants, President Obama commented "The United States will find it far more difficult to maintain its competitive edge if it excludes those who are able and willing to help us compete."
However, as the Republican party now controls the US House of Representatives, many see there being little chance for any new US visa laws to be passed.
Obama displayed his frustration in dealing with the opposition party when it came to matters of immigration, accusing them of moving "the goalposts" especially when it came to keeping the United States-Mexico border secure.
"They said we needed to triple the border patrol. But now they're going to say we need to quadruple the border patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll say we need a moat. Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That's politics."
The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their US visa application to the US Embassy.