President Obama plans to act alone on immigration reform. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Obama criticized inaction in the House and vowed to start taking executive actions on immigration reform. The Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill a year ago, but it never gained traction in the Republican-led House. House leaders vowed to take a more piecemeal approach than the sweeping Senate bill but no immigration measures have been put up for votes. President Obama called it a "year of obstruction."
The President's statement came amid a growing crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have poured across the border in recent months. Obama sent Congress a letter requesting emergency aid for border operations. He is also directing Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to start moving more enforcement resources to the border region. The White House blames the border influx on a campaign of misinformation about U.S. immigration policies in Central America.
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