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How Much Of The Immigration Process Can Obama Change By Executive Action?

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On Monday, President Obama declared that the leadership in Congress had walked away from its responsibility to address immigration reform, and he intended to step in.

As NPR reports:

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.

As President Obama examines his options in the use of executive authority the question of how to house and maintain the influx of immigrant children remains.

KPBS contacted San Diego's Congressional representatives for reaction to the announcement.

  • Congresswoman Susan Davis who represents the 53rd district said in a statement, "Immigration reform is an economic imperative as it will grow our economy and create jobs. I believe the votes are there if the Majority would simply allow a vote in the House. The American people support reform and have been waiting for Congress to act. The President understands that doing nothing is not an option."
  • In a statement, Congressman Scott Peters, who represents the 52nd district said, “Immigration reform would create jobs here in America and reduce our deficit, which is why it’s supported by business, labor, faith, and farmers alike. While the Senate passed a bipartisan proposal last year, Speaker Boehner has refused to allow a vote in the House – even though the bipartisan effort I support would pass. While a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system will require Congressional action, I share the President’s frustration with the Republican majority in the House who have prevented any action and then expect him to stand back and do nothing.”
  • Congressman Juan Vargas, represents the 51st district. In a statement he said, “I urge the President to take executive action on immigration reform, in response to Republican leadership’s choice to prohibit the House from voting on reform during the remainder of this session. Our President must take action to keep our families together and encourage economic growth that will keep our businesses thriving. An overwhelming coalition of religious, community and business leaders all agree that our nation can’t wait any longer to fix this broken system. While we know that the only way to institute long-term reform is through Congress, the President’s effort is a step in the right direction.”

Representatives Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa have not responded to requests for comment.


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