Obama calls House immigration bill extreme, vows action

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 1, 2014 5:21pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in Washington, August 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in Washington, August 1, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday immigration legislation on track to pass in the House of Representatives is unworkable and will force him to act on his own to address pressures from a surge of illegal immigrants on the southwestern border.

"House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere," he told reporters at a news conference.

"Without additional resources and help, we're just not going to have the resources we need to fully solve the problem," Obama said. "That means that while they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress."

Republicans on Friday were set to vote on border security measures that would make it easier to deport Central American child migrants, satisfying demands from conservative Republicans. The legislation has nearly no chance of becoming law because the Senate is not expected to take it up and the president has said he would veto it.

Republicans have angrily denounced Obama's practice of acting unilaterally when his agenda is blocked by Congress. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said that any action Obama takes on his own to address immigration would only make matters worse and add to "a legacy of lawlessness."

But the president said on Friday that without help from Congress, he will need to move funds from other government agencies to pay for stepped up efforts to deal with the crisis.

"I'm going to have to act alone," he said. "We are going to have to reallocate resources in order to just make sure that some of the basic functions that have to take place down there, whether it's making sure that these children are properly housed or making sure that we've got enough immigration judges to process their cases, that those things get done."

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Bill Trott and Dan Grebler)

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usa.wi.vet.4q wrote:
Washington forget about your illegal votes. Give this up, kick out the illegals, and prosecute your buddies that hire them. Otherwise face civil war.

Aug 01, 2014 3:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
The Wisdom of Mark Twain regarding the US Congress:

“Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
– Mark Twain: What Is Man?

“…the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.” – Mark Twain: Letter fragment, 1891

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain, a Biography

“Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.” – Mark Twain: Notebook #14, Nov. 1877 – July 1878

“All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.” – Mark Twain’s Autobiography

“The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn’t leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether — Well, you’d think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.” – Mark Twain’s Speeches: “The Weather”

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain: Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar

“It is the foreign element that commits our crimes. There is no native criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain: More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

“Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.” – Mark Twain: Notebook, 1868

“…I never can think of Judas Iscariot without losing my temper. To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature, Congressman.” – “Mark Twain: Foster’s Case,” New York Tribune, 10 March 1873

Aug 01, 2014 3:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:
And who gets called obstructionists over and over? obama hasn’t even seen the bill nor does he know fully what it is and he goes public with his refusal to even talk about it. He truly is a mentally sick and narcissitic little creature. He needs to be put away from the public for the rest of his miserable little life. I think like the first poster has stated, it might be time for an extreme turn of events in this once great nation.

Aug 01, 2014 4:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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