U.S. President backs Immigration overhaul plan

President Barrack Obama backed a push for changes to the current U.S. immigration system using a framework developed by eight Democratic and Republican senators; the President also threatened to introduce his own legislation if Congress stalled on implimenting changes.

Amongst the issues covered was an easier path to citizeship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S.; within 13 years of declaring themselves to the authorities undocumented workers could become full citizens of America as long as they meet certain criteria.

Undocumented workers are required to pay back taxes on their earnings and pass background checks in order to stay in the U.S. permanently.

The moves are seen as a way of swaying Latino voters who are now thought to be one of the most important voting groups in the U.S.

Alongside the plans for undocumented workers the President and bipartisan working group called for an overhaul of the current immigration system and increased defense of the borders of the U.S.