Obama says is ready to act on immigration if Congress won't

WASHINGTON Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:09pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington, August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington, August 28, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that while he still hopes for Congress to act on immigration after midterm elections in November, he will continue to consider steps he can take on his own to improve the system.

"We've had a lot of stakeholder discussions," he told reporters in response to questions at a White House news conference. "That set of proposals is being worked up."

"Have no doubt," he added. "In the absence of congressional action, I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better."

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (6)
SunnyDaySam wrote:
Why won’t Boehner bring the Comprehensive Immigration Bill up for an up or down vote?? The most gutless and incompetent Speaker EVER!

Aug 28, 2014 5:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NPeril wrote:
If the White House acts independently on Immigration; then the millions who have followed the current laws managed by USCIS should demand a full refund plus punitive damages paid out of the US Treasury awarded by a Class-Action lawsuit against the Federal Government/President Obama.

Many have paid upwards of 15k-20k per person in USCIS Fees, Embassy Fees, Medical Fees, Document Fees, Attorney Costs, Travel Expenses, etc. simply to transverse the complex Immigration Laws and legally bring fiancées, spouses and family into the US.

Give the $$$ back.

Aug 28, 2014 6:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:
Multinationals! Time to come back. The global wage competitive workforce you demand ….. coming soon.

Aug 28, 2014 6:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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