Obama will pursue executive action regarding immigration

President Obama announced today there is no hope this year for legislation overhauling the immigration system in Congress and said he is pursuing executive action that would strengthen efforts to prevent illegal immigration across the border but could slow efforts to deport undocumented immigrants already in the U.S., according to The Washington Post.

Last week, Democrats and some Republicans who support comprehensive immigration reform said the effort was dead, declaring the House GOP blocked progress after the Senate passed sweeping legislation to overhaul border laws in 2013. The White House says House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Obama last week the House will not vote on immigration this year. Republicans in the House have cited their lack of faith in Obama to properly carry out new immigration laws.

The announcement prompted advocates for comprehensive immigration reform to ask Obama to move more quickly regarding an internal review of deportation enforcement policies he had put on hold until after the summer as he waited for the House to act on legislation.

According to a White House statement, Obama now will direct Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to fortify border security.

"Protecting public safety is and will remain a top priority, and we will continue to focus on removing those who have committed serious crimes from our interior," the statement said. "But we will redirect other resources to make sure we keep doing what it takes to keep our border secure."

Obama also directed his administration by the end of the summer to find additional steps he can take without Congress "to fix as much of our broken immigration system as we can."

Date : 7/1/2014