Washington — President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States is dealing with a “complex set of challenges” and that it will take “a lot of work to find solutions.”
Obama said the “system is broken,” but he urged Americans to “work hard and be willing to put in the work” to make sure it does not “get worse.”
“There is no doubt we have a problem, there are no doubts we have an issue,” he said.
“But that is not a question of being angry.
That is a question about being able to find a solution.”
The president said the U.S. has a “truly complicated set of issues” and the country will continue to have to find “the right people to address them” and he vowed to “fix” the problems.
“The system is broken, and it will be fixed,” Obama said at a White House event to launch the State of the Union address.
“We have a serious problem, and that is our broken immigration system.
It is broken because the border is too porous.
It’s broken because we don’t know how to find the people who need help.
It isn’t a question if you’re angry or not.
It has to do with, we need the right people, and we have got to find them.”
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has said the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the United Kingdom from Northern Ireland has surged since the beginning of this year.
On Wednesday, the U., Canada, Mexico and the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees issued a joint statement calling for an immediate return of unaccompanied minors to their countries of origin.