President Obama to Act on Immigration without Congress
Due to Congressional inaction on Immigration Reform, President Obama announced today that he will "fix as much of our broken immigration system as we can". While the President believes many Republicans are sincere when they say they want Immigration Reform, the reality is that the House GOP has consistently refused to take on the issue. Obama noted that its extremely rare to get evangelicals, law enforcement and big business to agree on an issue and it is unfortunate that House Republicans couldn't get on board. The President said he would prefer to see a bipartisan bill, but since that will not happen this year he must act on his own. He also emphasized that executive action is only a short term remedy and that our broken immigration system needs a complete overhaul. But only Congress can do that. The President did not give any specifics on how he will use executive action to solve the biggest issues in immigration. It's possible that he will extend the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to parents of US citizen children or other groups of immigrants. Earlier today, Obama released a letter on the crisis of unaccompanied minors on the border, in which he detailed plans to "surge resources to our Southwest border to deter both adults and children from this dangerous journey, increase capacity for enforcement and removal proceedings, and quickly return unlawful migrants to their home countries".
Read a transcript of President Obama's speech at the Washington Post.