President Barack Obama says foreign-born workers have always contributed to America’s economic prowess.
“The promise we see in those who come from all over the world is one of our greatest strengths. It has kept our workforce young. It keeps our businesses on the cutting edge," he said.
Now, U.S. business and union leaders are reporting a deal on a guest worker program for low-skilled laborers, potentially removing a key obstacle to an overhaul of federal immigration laws.
“The time has come for comprehensive, sensible immigration reform," said Obama.
Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are crafting reform bills that are expected to provide an eventual path to citizenship for most of the estimated 11-million undocumented foreign nationals in the country. That would be paired with heightened efforts to secure U.S. borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants.
Two champions of immigration reform - Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Charles Schumer - recently visited the U.S. border with Mexico.
1.amid prep. 在其中，在其间
Some of the wreckage caused by the explosion fell amid the crowd of spectators.
2.contribute to 有助于；捐献
Various factors contributed to his downfall.
3.prowess n. 英勇；超凡技术；勇猛
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California is on the cutting edge of trends that spread nationwide.
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6.pair with 与…成对，与…配对
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