Obama Announces He Will Act Without Congress On Immigration Reform

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Executive Action, Reform with 7 Comments


President Obama said Monday that he plans to take administrative action to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” As the president explained in his White House speech, his first step is to direct Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to shift resources from the interior to the border for immigration enforcement. Then, President Obama is asking for recommendations from administration officials about additional actions he could pursue by the end of the summer. An administration official said the announcement came after House Speaker John Boehner formally told the president last week that the House will not act on immigration reform legislation.

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  • Paula Jones March Cohen

    Well, more guards at the border was not what most of had in mind when we have pushed for immigration reform! My priority would be an immediate moratorium on deportations, and a compassionate and serious approach to help those children coming across without parents or other adults. Children are innocent and powerless. Stacking them up in warehouses is not going to be a good solution!

    • twopesos

      Have you read the Senate’s already passed S.744 Comprehensive Immigration Reform that would cost tax payers 46.3 billion dollars and double the size of the US Border Patrol? https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s744/text

      My guess is most people have no idea or are clueless as to what Washington is “reforming”.

  • twopesos

    These Washington immigration reform profiteers will do anything but address that their own NAFTA and CAFTA “free trade” agreements created this mess to begin with. Pouring millions more into border security is like trying to put the fire out at the end of the road but ignoring the self-created conditions and fuel that keeps said “fire” burning north.

    • Lalo

      I’m sorry, and I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re looking at the wrong picture sir. The “profiteers” you speak of will never admit any wrong because there is none in their books. All parties who were meant to profit from NAFTA and CAFTA are profiting at record levels, and on the flip side, those who were meant to crash and burn are following suit nicely. According to a Yale study (or one of those Ivy league schools) the US is no longer a democracy; money rules here. Oligarchs don’t care about the lower classes. As long as they keep the masses “happy” enough to avoid a revolution, nothing will really change.

      • twopesos

        I do believe are comments are in agreement.

  • DonHonda

    Mr. Obama, how about enforcing Our Immigration Law that is already on the books?

    Some FYIs: This “flood” of Illegal Alien children has been happening since DACA, two years ago. The Obama administration knew this was happening. Needed “Escorts” for unaccompanied Illegal Alien minors were advertised for in January, 2014. http://allenbwest.com/2014/06/feds-advertised-escort-services-unaccompanied-alien-children-january/ Some of the “flood” includes working age adults, with or without these same children. Since there is already a five-year backlog of Illegal Immigration cases, this same “flood” will be established with their family members, going to our schools, using our social services, etc. and, five years later, will then be sympathetic cases for leniency (again) for amnesty since “this is the only home they know.” This will prove (again) that giving incentives to the 12-30 Million Illegal Aliens we already have only increases the “flood” of Illegal Immigration.

    Also, why is it more difficult to ship these Illegal Aliens back to their home countries posthaste? Isn’t there a recent invention called jets? I’d rather Obama’s request for $2 Billion be used for that purpose. Since his previous and current policy has been to turn back those crossing the border (supposedly) immediately, why is this not being done in this case?

    Here’s what will happen:


    “If you are a run-of-the-mill immigrant here illegally, your odds of getting deported are close to zero — it’s just highly unlikely to happen,” John Sandweg, until recently the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview.

    And, that will include known gang members who were recognized at the border, but let through due to the “flood”.

  • ManuPug

    I am sorry, but the immigration bill has much more than dealing with illegal immigrants. No one seems to notice that there are lots of LEGAL immigrants that have invested all they had to be in this Country and left their old Countries. Most of them, me included, will leave this Country after years and years some of us with small American Children that cannot stay here because their parents are honest and decide to abide to the law and leave.