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Obama Says He Will Use Executive Action To Address Immigration System

President Obama said he will move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border, part of his effort to fix the immigration system.

President Obama says he is going to use executive action to deal with what he says is a broken immigration system.

"While I will continue to push Republicans to drop excuses and act," Obama said, "Americans cannot wait forever for them to act."

Obama made the announcement at the White House Rose Garden on Monday. He said he will begin "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress."

Obama announced one piece of concrete action — that he would move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border. He said his Cabinet will meet and by the end of the summer, it will bring him recommendations for executive actions.

Obama added that he made the decision a year after the Senate passed an immigration reform bill and after House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, told him that he would not push for a vote on an immigration overhaul bill this year.

This is, of course, also a controversial move by the president, because it was just last week that Boehner threatened to sue Obama over his executive actions. Republicans have long complained that Obama is running afoul of the Constitution by taking executive action instead of pursuing legislation.

President Obama also received a rebuke from the Supreme Court, which decided last week that he had overstepped his powers while making appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in a pro forma session.

Obama's announcement also comes amid a crisis at the Southern border, which has seen an almost 100 percent year-to-year increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States illegally. As we reported Sunday, Obama is asking Congress for more than $2 billion to stem the tide of migrants and says the executive needs more flexibility in deportation laws to be able to quickly deport non-Mexican children.

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET. Orders Won't Fix The Problem:

In a statement, Boehner said executive orders won't solve the problems with the country's immigration system.

"The crisis at our southern border reminds us all of the critical importance of fixing our broken immigration system," Boehner said. "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."

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Avatar for user 'Brittanicus'

Brittanicus | June 30, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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.

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Brittanicus | June 30, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST READ THE OVERWHELMING COMMENTARIES IN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS SEE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AS A MASSIVE NEGATIVE, NOT THE LIES FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES, ANTI-SOVEREIGNTY GROUPS AND THE OPEN BORDER ZEALOTS.
AN EASY WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION:

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. www.numbersusa.com/content/ or the

Phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at www.contactingthecongress.org ...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.”

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CaliforniaDefender | June 30, 2014 at 3:47 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

"...on my own, without Congress." - Barack Obama

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...or the Constitution or the American people.

You sure are on your own, Obama.

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JeanMarc | June 30, 2014 at 3:58 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Brittanicus I'm with you buddy

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Peking_Duck_SD | June 30, 2014 at 6:09 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

CADef,

The people elected Obama .. twice .. and the laws of our land do give the President limited executive authority. He is doing what he can, legally, under his executive powers to get something done because we have a do-nothing Congress who refuses to do their job.

If you and Jean and Brittanicus don't like Obama's policy stances, that's fine, you can make an argument as to why they are wrong.

But this implication that executive actions are all of a sudden illegal under Obama is just political dishonesty.

If we had a conservative President, elected by the people, who was being gridlocked from doing anything by a liberal wing of Congress and that President used their executive authority to get stuff done, would you still have a problem with it?

I don't think so.

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benz72 | July 1, 2014 at 7:39 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

PDSD, I know you didn't address me directly but in answer to your question I would absolutely have a problem with a conservative president ignoring laws and ruling by executive order. I believe it undermines the foundation that our government is in service to the electorate (not just those who vote for president, but those who vote for congress as well). In the case of a national emergency the president should act to secure the state. This is not an invasion, no matter what some on the right are calling it. It is a crime wave. It is a violation of LAW and needs to be stopped by executive enforcement of the LAW.

Gridlock is a safety built into the system to limit change. Imagine what our government would look like if every 4 years we elected a new monarch who reversed the policies of his predecessor. If you want this change badly enough, compromise elsewhere and reach an agreement... otherwise accept the status quo.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 1, 2014 at 7:53 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Benz, can you tell me what law says the President has absolutely no executive authority, and the wording of this law?

Gidlock is not a safety net, it is a dereliction of job by Congress.

Congress' purpose is to have debates about issues and bring issues to vote, and these votes are designed as safety nets by having to go through various committees and two houses.

Why would you think obstructionism is something the founding fathers planned and something that is a "normal" part of congress? So we elect congress people for the sole purpose of those in the opposing party to obstruct verything the President does?

Your post implies that there is no middle ground - a President is either completely powerless or they have full dictatorial power.

Is there no in between?

We have a system where the President has **limited** executive authority, and that is what Obama is exercising.

I don't think a dictator spends years trying to get Congress to do their job and pass bills before finally exercising their executive authority.

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benz72 | July 1, 2014 at 9:58 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

PDSD, I'm sorry if my above post was not clear. I certainly see there being a requirement for decisive executive action, as did the founders (q.v. Federalist papers #70) however we are not suffering an invasion by a foreign power, nor are suffering a condition where the executive is under empowered to enforce the laws. Here we are suffering from an executive unwilling to enforce the laws and seeking to change them by fiat when we cannot agree on what the new law should be.
Are you comfortable with the president being able to say 'I asked congress for a law, but since they couldn't agree on one I'm going to make one myself'? That scares the expletive out of me. What nationally imperiling crisis are you seeing that justifies such action?

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 1, 2014 at 10:25 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

benz, I don't favor a President being able to legislate on their own, but I do favor the ability of limited executive powers for critical conditions, applied narrowly.

Obviously the only way we will get comprehensive immigration reform is through congress - the President can't, nor should they be able to - do that on their own.

But what is happening here is an executive order to move some immigration enforcement assets from the interior of the country to the border.

That doesn't seem to me like something that is overstepping the bounds of executive authority.

He said his Cabinet will meet and by the end of the summer and then bring forth the recommendations.

So he's not even doing it hastily or blindly, there is a transparent collaborative process in place.

I just think the rhetoric from Boehner is a bit over-blown and it's being sold in the media like Obama is making sweeping legislative overhauls through executive authority when, in fact, he is applying it pretty narrowly.

On another point, I hear this talking point with regards to immigration about "he isn't enforcing the laws".

Under the Obama administration we have deported far more people than in previous administrations, how is he not "enforcing the laws"??

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benz72 | July 1, 2014 at 10:41 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Ahh... I think we have been talking past each other.

I thought we were discussing "a new effort to fix the immigration system on my own, without Congress." (line 8 in the original article) and similar ideas. I am very much opposed to this kind of power grab by an executive.

PDSD "Under the Obama administration we have deported far more people than in previous administrations, how is he not "enforcing the laws"??

I don't really have a dog in the numbers fight but I have seen a reference which claimed this was largely attributable to a change in how the numbers were compiled (e.g. counting turn-backs at the border as deportation or similar). I wish I could remember where I read that to go back and check.

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progressivebuthey | July 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

reality check --- we have to borrow money from china to help people from mexico and central america. 2 billion here, 10 million there. people, wake up, the country is running a deficit so all this money to save other people is based on debt that affects our current society and generations to come.

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CaliforniaDefender | July 1, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Duck my friend,

There is NO constitutional mention of executive orders. Every time executive power is mentioned in the Constitution (war, treaties, appointments etc) it is with the advice and consent of Congress. Never without.

The only unchecked executive power is issuing pardons for federal crimes.

To answer your last question, YES, I would have a problem with a conservative president using executive authority. Ideology is irrelevant.

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Missionaccomplished | July 1, 2014 at 2:25 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I thought Brittanicazz had been barred here.

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Missionaccomplished | July 1, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

CA OFFENDER, your solution on the Federal level is to wait for a cue for the crying Boehner??? He's too busy trying to impeach Obama.

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JeanMarc | July 1, 2014 at 3:29 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

John Boner is a great American and has been our last stand against the tyrannical state that Obama is trying to create. We need more people like him.

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Boots | July 1, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. ― 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Jean Marc has got to be a lefty troll "John Boner" lol!

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