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October 25, 2014

‘Immigration Reform’ Must Move Soon in House, Obama Says

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Obama says immigration reform has a narrow window this year for passing in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama said Tuesday there are only two or three months left for the House to act on an immigration overhaul, accusing a just a handful of Republicans of “blocking immigration reform.”

“There’s a very narrow window,” the president said, according to a pool report. “The closer we get to midterm elections the harder it will be to get things done. …We have about 2-3 months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.”

Obama said “a number of Republicans are realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea.”

“Public opinion is on our side,” he said.  ”A handful of House Republicans are blocking legislation getting to the floor.”

Obama said about 80 percent of the unauthorized immigrants had been in the United States for more than a decade and are “woven into the fabric of our society.”

Obama, who was speaking to a group of law enforcement officials, said that the current law was stopping police from “chasing gangbangers and going after violent criminals.”

Obama told the officials that their “unexpected” voices could help pass an immigration bill in the House.

Obama added — as he has before — that he’s not wedded to every section in the Senate bill.

The president’s comments came a day after Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said most Republicans wanted to pass something on immigration. Boehner, speaking in San Antonio, again noted his preference for smaller bills than the Senate’s comprehensive bill. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., told CQ Roll Call last week that he sees August as the deadline.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that the House has the votes for a bill similar to the Senate bill and urged the House to act.

Boehner, however, has pinned blame on Obama for the reluctance of his members to vote on immigration.

“We have a broken immigration system, but it is impossible to make progress until the American people – and their elected representatives – have faith that the President himself will actually enforce the law as written,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel in a emailed statement Tuesday.

  • brunsk42

    Obama, who was speaking to a group of law enforcement officials, said that the current law was stopping police from “chasing gangbangers and going after violent criminals.”

    This is ONE BIG LIE,, They have been ordered to stand down by no other than you…. until you get your way,, you should be in PRISON

  • Santiago Alemedia

    Team Obama protects crooked bankers and illegal aliens. Both are now untouchable.

    The 15 million or so unemployed in the U.S., including many from the high tech industry, will lose big time if this bill passes. Of course, some business owners will profit greatly. Especially those employers who will be allowed to import up to 200,000 foreign workers a month in the proposed legislation.

    And with all the hullabaloo about stricter enforcement, the new Comprehensive Amnesty Bill still does not make being in the United States illegally a crime. It’s only going to be an administrative infraction.

  • DonHonda

    The LA Times recently posted an article that shows that the Obama administration, the Illegal Alien lobby, and the major media outlets have been in collusion to depict the “high” deportation numbers. The exact opposite is true since the beginning of the current President’s policy. Interior deportation has and will be lower than 1973 rates. This is leading towards more people overstaying their visas and currently, more Illegal Alien minors crossing the border. Obama has just recently instructed border patrol to not turn back those Illegal Aliens on record as having entered illegally as priors, but to let them pass IF they don’t have a major criminal record. After the first Illegal Entry, it is a felony each time thereafter.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402,0,545192,full.story#axzz2xkzioeHR

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/12/deportations-come-mostly-from-border-dhs-chief-say/?page=1

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  • Sam Sung

    Around 40% of child molesters arrested in the united states are illegal aliens.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    THERE ARE STILL MORE THAN THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT AN EXTENSION OF BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS HELD THE EXTENSION BILL HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE FOR MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS NOW. MEANWHILE THESE FAMILIES HAVE FALLEN INTO FINANCIAL RUIN AND COLLAPSE. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THESE AMERICANS. THESE PEOPLE ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS JUST GIVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE UKRAINE, AND WILL BE SPENDING BILLIONS MORE TO DEFEND EUROPE. WHY CAN’T THEY HELP AMERICANS HERE AT HOME TOO?

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