President Obama has called on the Senate to pass legislation this year that would allow certain foreign-born young people who entered the United States as children without documents to become legal U.S. residents.
Obama urged action during a meeting Tuesday with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus .
The legislation, known as the DREAM Act, failed to pass the Senate in September.
It would permit young people to become U.S. residents after spending two years in college or the military. It would apply to immigrants who were under 16 when they arrived in the U.S., have been in the country at least five years and have a diploma from a U.S. high school or the equivalent.
Obama also called for Congress to act on comprehensive changes to immigration law "at the earliest opportunity."