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President Obama: I'll Act on My Own on Immigration

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President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.
 
Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.
 
Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.
 
But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.
 
Obama says the thousands of unaccompanied children showing up on the border underscore the need to drop the politics and act on immigration.  (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid  made the following statement regarding Republican inaction on comprehensive immigration reform.
 
“Speaker Boehner has made it absolutely clear that he won’t lift a finger to fix our broken immigration system so President Obama is right to protect families from being torn apart.

“Speaker Boehner is out of excuses and his failure of leadership is enormous. Our broken immigration system is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation and Speaker Boehner knows that addressing it is the right thing to do, yet the Tea Party spooked him into cowering in a corner. Instead of working with Democrats to forge bipartisan solutions, Speaker Boehner has sunk to suing the President and wasting taxpayer money in a transparent attempt to appease the Tea Party.

“More than a year ago, the Senate passed bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. The Senate’s legislation would reduce the deficit by $200 billion over the next ten years, more than all waiting House bills combined. But it is now clear those of us looking for common-sense solutions do not have a partner in the Republican-led House. With no prospect for reform in the Republican-led House, the choice is between taking action and letting hard-working families continue to be torn apart. President Obama is right to take action to protect families by asking Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Holder to look at what he can do within his administrative authority.”

Today, Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) released the following statement regarding Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that the House will not vote on any comprehensive immigration reform bill this year:

“As I started a meeting with my Immigration Advisory Council regarding the humanitarian crisis on the southern border, Speaker Boehner announced that an immigration reform bill would not receive a vote in the House this year.

“Speaker Boehner is the only person standing in the way of passing comprehensive immigration reform. We have the votes to pass a bill in the House; we just need to hold a vote. Yet, the Speaker and Tea Party Republicans continue to obstruct any action.

“Over a year ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that would secure our borders, reduce the deficit, and keep families together. Unfortunately, the fringe of the House GOP has hijacked the Speaker’s gavel and held this critical legislation hostage.

“This is a monumental failure of leadership in the House. President Obama is right to direct Attorney General Holder and Secretary Johnson to review what can be done within the authority of the Administration. Families cannot wait any longer for solutions to come from Congress. We have wasted too much time that others do not have to spare.”

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