How Far Can The President Go To Overhaul The U.S. Immigration System Without The Blessing of Congress?

President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached the House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue. Potentially, the combination of four factors - Pressure from the immigration advocates that the President has done little on the immigration issue; Speaker John Boehner’s statement that the House would not vote on immigration legislation this year; the surge of children crossing the southern border (mostly from Mexico and Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras); and strategic positioning for the upcoming midterm elections - have all led to this recent announcement.

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