President Obama addresses America over immigration crisis
President Obama discussed the current immigration crisis among other topics on Friday, focusing on the challenges along the southern border. The House continues to work on passing some version of legislation to address the border crisis, but the Senate already has adjourned without passing a bill and has no votes scheduled until September.
“While they’re out on vacation, I’m going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress,” Obama said Friday, speaking to reporters in the the White House briefing room. President Obama said he would have to act alone, because “we don’t have enough resources.”
President Obama had some harsh words for Republicans in the house, whom he accused of playing political games right before the month long recess. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner countered that “when it comes to the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, President Obama has been completely AWOL” and claimed House Republicans are the “only ones” still working to address the crisis.
House Republicans are still working to pass a bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have arrived in recent months. But Obama said the bill is “going nowhere,” describing it as a “message bill.”
Though the Senate also has not passed a bill, Obama blasted House Republicans for crafting a measure he described as “extreme and unworkable.” Even if it passes the Senate, he said, he would veto it. Obama pushed the blame from himself to House Republicans and Senate Republicans:
”The disagreement isn’t between me and the House Republicans. It’s between the House Republicans and Senate Republicans. It’s between House Republicans and the business community. It’s between House Republicans and the evangelical community. I’m just one of the people they disagree with on this issue,” Obama said. “They cant even pass their own version of the bill…..That’s a disagreement between the House Republicans and the House Republicans.”
House Republicans are worried that Obama will use executive orders to suspend deportations and give work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Along with discussing the immigration crisis he focused on the cease-fire failure between Israel and Hamas. Israeli forces have moved further into Gaza in search of a kidnapped soldier. In regards to the Ukraine crisis, he said that the “evidence suggests” Russia’s arming of the separatists there may have resulted in “300 innocent people” dying when the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier this month.
He sent a warning to Putin and his goons, that if they continue to arm separatists, “you’re going to face consequences that will hurt your country” — referring to sanctions moved by the U.S. and European Union earlier this week.
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