President Barack Obama announced Monday he will utilize his executive power to make policy changes to immigration, and that he will no longer wait for Republicans to take action in fixing a system knowingly broken.
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing … and in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy and it’s bad for our future,” Obama said.
The president stated immigration enforcement will refocus onto the southwest border that has most recently experienced an increase of Central America children crossing illegally and alone. The Border Patrol has made more than 174,000 arrests in the area, since Oct. 1, most of them being Honduran, Salvadorian and Guatemalan nationals.
As part as Obama’s move, resources will be utilized into deporting the latest border-crossers or individuals who are considered a threat to public safety and national security.
In a Monday news conference, Obama said that as of today, there are enough Republican and Democrat votes in the House to pass a bill, which he would sign into law.
Last week, House speaker John Boehner informed the president that the House would not vote on an immigration reform this year, prompting Obama to bypass Congress.
Obama’s announcement happens as nearly 300 undocumented Central American immigrants are scheduled to be flown from South Texas to San Diego and Imperial counties in California. Today, two flights will transport 140 passengers each, mostly families with young children.
Central Americans flown to San Diego are expected to be processed at a station in Murrieta in south Riverside County, to await a deportation procedure.
Analysts consider that a broad overhaul in immigration policy will not happen in the remainder of the year, nor on Obama’s presidency.
Obama plans to take executive actions without congressional approval by the end of the summer, although he didn’t make clear if those would benefit the 11 million immigrants living illegally in the country as a whole, or if they would benefit certain more reduced, specific groups in within.