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Obama Ponders Action on Border Crisis Without Congress

Obama Ponders Action on Border Crisis Without Congressi
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Michael Bowman
August 03, 2014 8:35 PM
The U.S. Congress has begun a five-week recess without addressing the arrival of tens of thousands of undocumented Central American youths along America’s border with Mexico. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, attention is now focused on executive actions President Barack Obama may take on his own.
Michael Bowman

The U.S. Congress has begun a five-week recess without addressing the arrival of tens of thousands of undocumented Central American youths along America’s border with Mexico. Attention is now focused on executive actions President Barack Obama may take on his own.

The border crisis continues but lawmakers left town with no immigration legislation for a frustrated President Obama to sign.

“Without additional resources and help from Congress, we are just not going to have the resources we need to fully solve the problem.  That means while they are out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge -- with or without Congress,” said Obama.

Friday, the House of Representatives approved a bill to tighten border security and speed deportations. The bill is unacceptable to Senate Democrats and President Obama.

Watch related video report by VOA's Celia Mendoza and Ramon Taylor

Border Patrol Members Discuss Dangers Facing Migrantsi
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Ramon Taylor, Celia Mendoza
August 08, 2014 7:38 PM
As young, undocumented immigrants from Central America continue to come across the U.S.-Mexican border - in many cases fleeing poverty, crime and gang violence in their home countries - the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are on the front lines of the effort to deal with the situation. VOA's Celia Mendoza and Ramon Taylor recently rode along with members of the Border Patrol in Texas' Rio Grande Valley to talk about the dangers migrants encounter when attempting to cross the border.


Separately, House Republicans voted to sue the president over past executive actions. Speaker John Boehner warned Obama against further unilateral orders on immigration.

“The crisis on the border is one of the president’s own making. But he still has not learned his lesson. Now he has threatened to rewrite law and take more unilateral action on immigration in the coming months. Let me be clear: such action would create an ever greater incentive for more illegal crossings and make the crisis on our border even worse,” said Boehner.

Obama has asked Attorney General Eric Holder and others for recommendations. Nothing has been decided yet, according to White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer.

“We need to address the situation on the border, and broadly, the immigration system. So [President Obama] is going to do what he can, but under the confines of the law,” said Pfeiffer, speaking on ABC’s This Week program.

Bold congressional action on immigration or other divisive issues is seen as unlikely when lawmakers return in September - just two months before midterm elections.

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