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Obama Moving Immigration 'On My Own, Without Congress' After Boehner Tells Him No-Go

President Barack Obama said Monday he is done waiting for Congress to act and taking steps to reform nation’s immigration system through administrative action. 

“America cannot wait forever for them to act. That’s why today I am beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” Obama said in the Rose Garden, with Vice President Joe Biden by his side.  Read more >

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Read Obama's letter to Congress regarding efforts to address immigrant/humanitarian situation along border

Letter from the President -- Efforts to Address the Humanitarian Situation in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of Our Nation’s Southwest Border

Dear Mr. Speaker:    (Senator Reid:)  (Senator McConnell:)   
(Representative Pelosi:)
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Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations

President Obama will ask Congress to provide more than $2 billion in new funds to control the surge of illegal Central American migrants at the South Texas border, and to grant broader powers for immigration officials to speed deportations of children caught crossing without their parents, White House officials said on Saturday. Read more >

New York City Council Expected to Approve 2 Plans Aiding Immigrants

A long-sought initiative that would provide municipal identification cards to all New Yorkers, including those without legal immigration status, has been finalized, and will come before the City Council for a vote this week, officials said. Read more >

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United Methodist Women Calls White House to Act on Deportation Crisis

In a letter sent to President Obama, General Secretary and CEO Harriett Olson urges action to stop detaining and deporting people solely on the basis of immigration status and to provide provisional status until a legalization bill becomes law. The letter includes highlights of United Methodist Women's commitment and advocacy for U.S. immigration reform and global migrant rights.

The text of the open letter to the White House follows.

 

Dear President Obama, Read more >

Democratic lawmakers propose lawyers for immigrant children

Democratic U.S. lawmakers announced legislation on Monday that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values.

"It is a fantasy to believe that they have a fair shot in immigration proceedings without counsel," New York U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries told a news conference. Read more >

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