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Obama to take executive action to ‘fix as much of our broken immigration system as we can’

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — It’s their fault, President Barack Obama said Monday in blaming Republican inaction on immigration reform for escalating problems including a surge of undocumented children crossing the border from Mexico.

At a hastily scheduled Rose Garden appearance, Obama said House Speaker John Boehner told him last week that the chamber’s GOP majority he leads will continue blocking a vote on a Senate-passed immigration bill.

In response, Obama said he was starting “a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” adding that he directed his team to recommend steps he can take this summer and that he would then act on those steps “without delay.”

“The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, is bad for our economy, is bad for our future,” the President said. “America cannot wait forever for them to ask.”

Obama’s statement sought to vilify Republicans for the failure to get congressional approval for immigration reform, an issue important to his base.

“Pass a bill. Solve a problem. Don’t just say no on something that everybody agrees needs to be done,” he said, repeating his contention that a bill would pass if Boehner allowed it to come to a vote in the House.

Conservative Republicans oppose the Senate plan passed last year with bipartisan support because it includes a pathway to legal status for immigrants living illegally in the United States.

They also fear that such a reform measure would bolster already strong Democratic support among Hispanic Americans, the nation’s largest minority.

For his part, Boehner said Monday that Republicans don’t trust Obama to enforce laws they might pass.

“Until that changes, it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue,” he said in a statement after Obama spoke. “The crisis at our southern border reminds us all of the critical importance of fixing our broken immigration system.”

He continued, “It is sad and disappointing that — faced with this challenge — President Obama won’t work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone with executive orders that can’t and won’t fix these problems.”

Boehner noted that previous executive action by Obama to halt deportations of some undocumented children led to the current border crisis by “giving false hope to children and their families that if they enter the country illegally they will be allowed to stay.”

In his statement, Obama announced he was ordering a shift in security resources to border regions, and he promised the additional action he can take “without Congress but within his existing authorities to fix as much of our broken immigration system as we can.”

The President also sent Congress a letter asking that legislators work with him on providing additional money and leeway to deal with the situation on the southern border.

On Sunday, an administration official told CNN the money — which could exceed $2 billion — would go to securing appropriate space for the detention of children but also stemming the tide of immigrants.

The government hopes to increase its ability to investigate and dismantle smuggling organizations as well as quickly return children and adults to their home countries if they do not qualify for asylum, according to that official.

So far, the federal government has struggled to process and accommodate the influx of illegal human traffic but specifically the spike in children.

U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 to 80,000 children without parents will cross the border this year in what the White House is calling an “immediate humanitarian crisis.”

Earlier in June, the White House announced a plan to spend millions in a government-wide response by sending aide to governments in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help with crime and violence prevention.

In mid-June, Vice President Joe Biden also spoke with leaders in the three countries as well as Mexico about working together to promote security.

Biden’s objective was to emphasize that adults arriving with their children in the United States don’t meet the requirements for a policy that defers deportation for children brought to the United States before June 15, 2012.

Obama also spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about the issue and has warned families who see the dangerous trip as the best option for their children.

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  • gordgray

    Lol G.O.P going to call fowl i can see it now even tho thy are doing nothing but trying to block any thing Obama dose.

  • The World is Ending

    Just have the guts to sign the order you believe in and that is everyone who comes in to this country illegally (except for white people) is granted either citizenship ( on request) or permanent legal resident status Instantly. Just think how much money we could save if we were to remove all security from the southern border and shift about 50% to the northern border. (To stop the evil Canadians from coming in to the border states where they spend a ton of money)

  • Joe

    Worst president in History speaks again. He's a fool everything he does is a failure and a national disaster. History is already recording his failures and sandals from failed economy, world influence, job security, crime and well being, not to mention machine guns and tanks going after really old cattle farmers in overwhelming use of over use of power…. Kinda' like Hugo Chavez his hero.

    • gordgray

      yep hell pay for starting the war in Iraq, the down fall of the auto industry, the housing fail, job loss, fanny may, WMD found in Iraq, the congress that cant pull there head out of there @55, influx of refuges, banks folding and protecting the rich Dam Oboma for that he should be impeached brought up on war crimes put down like a dog! Oups sorry that was Bush never mind.

  • Dave Francis




    Here is an easy way to understand the illegal immigration enigma. Sacrifice at least a few minutes and call, fax your Senator or House Representative , or eventually your family, children will not recognize the America and a negative future under Obama’s Imperial reign. or the

    Phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at …by Select the letter below matching the first letter of the congressperson's last name.

    Within Los Angeles County’s health care delivery system as an example illegals aliens are being treated at a cost of nearly $500 million dollars a year. The cost alone to our Criminal Justice system for the 25 percent of the foreign nationals in the jail population exceeds 550 million dollars a year? Additionally, illegals collect over $260million in CALWORKS payments and $360 million in food stamp allocations. These costs alone exceed one billion dollars annually – excluding the cost of education. Nearly 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid – for a total of 160,000 incorporated into a city, it would be the 6th largest city in Los Angeles county Also, one in fifteen people in California is an illegal immigrant – costing our State $3 billion dollars annually.
    The failure to control our borders and the lack of reimbursement from the state and federal government is breaking the back of local government. These costs have impacted the economy, the social fiber and the effective operation of our County.”

    What we don't need is introducing more poverty to America.
    What we don’t need is introducing infectious diseases as Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. (I noticed that the national press has all but completely ignored this major disastrous dilemma.)
    What we don’t need is introducing more unemployment, when millions of Americans are jobless.
    What we don’t need is lower wages, by importing cheap illegal aliens.
    What we don’t need even more crime imported, as America has its own criminals.
    What we don’t need is introducing more educational drop outs from foreign countries.
    What we don’t need is introducing is more welfare enslavement with 3rd World K-12 schooling.
    What we don't need is introducing even overpopulation and gridlock highways.
    What we don't need is introducing more disparity between classes of people.
    What we don’t need is the Obama Administration handing out free welfare checks, schooling, Medicaid, free maternity benefits, vouchers for cheap housing and major entitlements to illegal aliens.
    What we don't need is introducing more cultural problems by importing non-speakers of English.
    What we don't need in introducing foreigners who are complicit in changing American Society.
    What we do need is the True double layer fence stretching from West to East.
    What we do need is to seal the border which both political parties have derailed.
    What we do need is military deployment to the border.
    What we do need is more ICE audits on employers, with stringent subsequent penalties.
    What we do need is more ICE personal for internal enforcements.
    What we do need is an mandated E-Verify for all ports of entry or;
    a National digital ID card, for identity to stop illegal aliens from gaming the welfare system and bogus voting.
    What we do need is a return to the quota system for immigrants.
    What we do need is a point system for highly skilled new immigrants.
    We don't need is Sen. Harry Reid giving out fraudulent child tax credits ($4.B) to illegal aliens.
    What we do need is more Moderate Conservative Candidates, The National Tea Party) who will enforce the edicts of the Rule of Law and the U.S. Constitution.
    What must be stopped is President Obama communicating to impoverished countries that if you reach America, you will not be deported. In fact we will even give public benefits.