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President Obama plans to announce a new effort to make unilateral changes to the country's immigration system after Speaker John Boehner told the president the House will not vote on an immigration overhaul this year, a senior White House official said.
"America cannot wait forever for them to act," Obama said from the Rose Garden. He said he's launching a new effort to "fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress."
originally posted by: Sremmos80
He is right! I am not a fan of his pen and a phone thing but here I am.
Every one cries about how he is not doing anything, and now he is going to and people are still mad?
And don't come back with being mad at how he is doing it.
If our congress wants to keep blocking the damn reform then is on the president to do something about it.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: seeker1963
So Reid is stopping every one?
Is he the one stopping John Boehner? The whole article is about john....
Obama can either sign/veto the bill that gets to him or he can use his pen and the phone.
No bills are making to to him, so he is taking option B.
We can't just keep complaining about nothing happening, and then when something does happen, we complain about that.
originally posted by: Elton
It's still June and the house refuses to have a vote on immigration until next year? Maybe they could do their job.
originally posted by: seeker1963
Let me ask you this? If Obama and Harry would have addressed border security first, would we be having this "CRISIS" now?
Title I: Border Security
What additional resources does the bill dedicate to border security?
The bill makes enormous investments in border security, including the following: deploying at least 38,405 full-time Border Patrol agents along the southern border (including an additional 19,200 more than currently in place); mandating an electronic exit system at all ports where Customs and Border Protection agents are deployed; constructing at least 700 miles of fencing, including double fencing; increasing mobile surveillance; deploying aircraft and radio communications; constructing additional Border Patrol stations and operating bases; hiring additional prosecutors, judges, and staff; providing additional training to border officers; and increasing prosecutions of illegal border crossings. The bill specifies mandatory area-specific technology and infrastructure that includes watch towers, camera systems, mobile surveillance systems, ground sensors, fiber-optic tank inspection scopes, portable contraband detectors, radiation isotope identification devices, mobile automated targeting systems, unmanned aircraft, radar systems, helicopters, and marine vessels, among other minimum requirements. The bill mandates 24-hour surveillance of the border region using mobile, video, and portable systems, as well as unmanned aircraft, and deploys 1,000 distress beacon stations in areas where migrant deaths occur. Interior enforcement against visa overstays is also increased. The Department of Homeland Security is required to initiate removal (deportation) proceedings, confirm that relief from removal is pending or granted, or otherwise close 90 percent of the cases of immigrants who have overstayed their visas by more than 180 days in the last 12 months. A pilot program is created to notify immigrants that their visas are about to expire.