U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that there is no reason not to approve immigration reform and criticized the fact that excuses are being sought not to move forward with an agreement that has already been backed by both parties in the Senate.

"So if people are looking for an excuse not to do the right thing on immigration reform, they can always find an excuse," said the president at a White House press conference.

Obama's remarks come a day after the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, John Boehner, said that the lower chamber is not going to debate the measure during what remains of this year.

In contrast to his appearance last week during which he called on Congress to reach an immigration reform this year, on this occasion Obama limited himself to recalling that the Senate and the business community have already given their support to the plan.

"There is no reason for us not to do immigration reform. And we've already got strong bipartisan support for immigration reform out of the Senate," the president said.

He noted that the Senate proposal already includes strengthening border security and ensures "the legal immigration system works the way it's supposed to," at the same time that it allows millions of people to "join fully our American community."

"The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House," Boehner said Wednesday.

"And frankly, I'll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill," the Ohio Republican added. EFE