Obama vows using executive power to fix immigration system

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama has vowed to use his executive power to fix the country’s broken immigration system and he plans to act without delay.

Obama’s announcement came after House Speaker John Boehner told him the House of Representatives will not vote on immigration reform this year.

The president said he will be taking recommendations from lawmakers on the best administrative actions to take in order to overhaul immigration laws, giving them an end of the summer deadline of Sept. 22.

The announcement comes as Obama asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency funds to deal with a recent flood of Central American children who are entering the country illegally.

The rash of undocumented children and adults have been reported in the Rio Grande Valley areas and other parts of the Southwest border.

According to an administration official, the money would be used for removal proceedings, increasing enforcement and the removal of unlawful immigrants.

Meanwhile, Boehner said last week he plans to sue Obama over his use of executive actions to circumvent stalemates in Congress.

But Obama said that with immigration reform, Congress has forced his hand.

“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing,” he said. “And in this situation, failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”

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  • noz
    30 June 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    reasonable americans are bracing/watching obummer’s executive power with his pen/phone, the cause/effect it will bring to america and americans.

  • Delia
    30 June 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Obama most likely created this immigration problem to draw attention from some of the rest of his current failures and hot seat issues. Isn’t it strange that something always comes along to divert public attention from himself and his screw-ups and then he blames it on everyone else .

  • JRB
    30 June 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Obama use his executive power to fix broken immigration system. Is Ok with me , because according to an administration official the money be used for removal proceeding increasing enforcement and the removal of unlawful immigrants. Obama now your right the faster you send the unlawful immigrants back to they country the better for America people.

  • Filam
    1 July 2014 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Obama planned this. On January 2014 there
    Was posting on the website FedBizOpps
    Looking for proposals
    For escorts of unaccompanied illegal

    83 percent of the illegals that are coming
    Are adults mostly men

    Some of them criminals, terrorists, rapists,
    With diseases. Most of them are unvaccinated

    This is endangering the public

    How about the next wave and then
    More waves? We cannot support
    And allow The rest of Central Americans
    To come
    Best way send them to the office of Balitang

  • leyteboy
    1 July 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Right step in the right direction!!!! He won’t go down in history at all as the minority president who deported millions of minorities. Across the board relief shall be on Hillary’s table!!!

    • wil
      5 July 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      He’s not a minority President. He is the President of the United States.

  • filam
    5 July 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply