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Should Obama go it alone on immigration reform?

July 7th, 2014 8:53 am by Johnson City Press

Should Obama go it alone on immigration reform?

President Barack Obama said last week he plans to act on his own to address immigration reform. The president said he’s tired of waiting for House Republicans to act on the issue. Now, he plans to take executive action.

Obama said Monday there are currently enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill, which he promises to sign. There is no indication, however, that such a bill will be brought to the floor for a vote anytime soon.

The president said he has waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner time to act on immigration reform. Obama said he was disappointed last month when Boehner informed him the House won’t vote on an immigration bill this year.

That’s unacceptable, Obama said, in light of the thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America now showing up on the U.S. border. He said this influx of refugee children underscores the need to act on what he called this country’s “broken” immigration laws.

Last week, Obama informed Congress he would be taking more steps to secure the Southern border and would be deporting children here illegally back to their countries of origin.

Obama has asked Congress for an additional $2 million to address what he has called an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

In recent years, Obama has pushed for immigration reform that would create a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. A bill approved by the U.S. Senate contained such provisions, but Republicans in the House opposed them on the grounds they amounted to amnesty for people who have entered this country illegally.

We want to hear from you. Should President Obama pursue immigration reform on his own?

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