(WASHINGTONPOST) — President Obama will acknowledge Monday that there is no hope for legislation overhauling the immigration system in Congress this year and announce he is redirecting immigration enforcement from the interior of the United States to the border, the White House said.
The action, which beefs up efforts to stem illegal immigration across the border but could slow efforts to deport undocumented immigrants already in the country, is one of series of executive actions Obama will pledge since the House decided not to take up immigration legislation this year.
The statement said that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Obama last week that the House will not vote on immigration this year. As a result, Obama “will announce a new effort to fix as much of our broken immigration system as he can through executive action,” according to the statement.
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