WOODBURY - President Barack Obama turned his focus to immigration today during a visit to Texas, a key state on the Mexican border, and said the nation's current immigration system is broken.

Obama once again called for immigration reform, laying out his latest ideas to create a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. House Republicans have opposed any such legislation, but the president emphasized the economic value for overhauling immigration laws.

According to Obama, immigrants account for a substantial share of business startups and patent applications, which create jobs for everyone. He pointed to companies such as Intel and Google, which have been founded by immigrants.

Obama also discussed border patrol, saying his administration has made great strides on security.

The president's trip marks his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border.