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Obama Reiterates Decision To Reform Immigration Rules


(Photo : Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) U.S. President Barack Obama considering immigration reform with executive actions.

U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated his decision to act unilaterally on immigration reform if Republican lawmakers would not take action on the immigration overhaul after the November election, reports said on Thursday.

Obama said in his speech that he is going to do what he can to assure the immigration system will work better. He also claimed that his administration did not stop on the process of getting a smart immigration system while waiting for the Congress to act on the issue, U.S. News reported.

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However, this is the first time he made a pledge without giving a specific deadline.

During a news conference, Obama said his administration made progress in decreasing the number of illegal migrants attempting to cross the border this August. The president also affirmed that he would continually work systematically to accomplish his task.

However, the administration will face more challenges ahead. Besides dealing with the sharp rise of young migrants from Central America, Obama remains on a tightrope before Republican lawmakers pass his additional spending request of US$3.7 billion.

If the request pushes through, the White House intends to make some administrative and executive choices to address the immigration problem like adding more immigration judges down there.

Reports said that after the Congress rejected the immigration legislation this year Obama ordered Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to propose an executive order that the president could act on his own.

Reports also confirmed that Obama expects the recommendation before the summer ends and he aims to adopt those endorsements without further delay.

Pro-immigrant group America's Voice representative Frank Sharry said that the White House has no plans to delay the announcement in fact, there are evidence that Obama is preparing for it in September.

If the administration decides to delay it, the immigration reform movement would face a huge problem. The people won’t take a delay without a big response, Sharry added.

Meanwhile, Republicans are considering to take legal actions to halt the president’s immigration reform. The House accused the president of violating the separation of powers.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh) said if the president fails to execute the laws of the United States, we will hold him accountable.

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