President Barack Obama turned up the heat Thursday on Congress to pass an immigration reform bill which would put 11 million undocumented immigrants -- including many here in New York -- on a path to citizenship.
Speaking at the White House, the president said a comprehensive immigration reform bill would help grow the nation's economy.
Coming off the heels of the government shutdown, the president says he still believes both parties can reach a deal but that Congress needs to act.
"But what we can't do is just sweep the problem under the rug one more time - leave it for somebody else to solve sometime in the future. Rather than create problems, lets prove to the American people that Washington can actually solve some problems. This reform comes as close to anything we've got to a law that will benefit everybody now and far into the future," Obama said.
It's still not certain Republicans will support the comprehensive approach the president favors.
The Senate passed a wide-ranging bill in June with bipartisan support, but the measure stalled in the House.