Obama to Bypass Congress on Immigration Reform

The president said he will use his executive power to start fixing the "humanitarian crisis."
1:45 | 06/30/14

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President Obama is asking congress more than two billion dollars to address what he calls and urgent humanitarian situation. Hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America arriving at -- southern border every day. In the US has no place to house that this is not a situation where these children are slipping through -- being apprehended but the problem is is that. Our system is so broken so -- clear that folks don't know what the rules are more than 52000. Children have been caught crossing the border since October. Most are being held in detention centers filled to capacity. Over the weekend officials in Dallas announced that the city would find temporary housing for 2000 of them. It's the city's biggest humanitarian effort since taking in evacuees after Hurricane Katrina. We're gonna take these children from from chain link enclosures. And put them in compassionate care. Many Republicans argued that this recent crush at the border is a direct result of the president's immigration policies is impart a humanitarian crisis. Because presidential policies. Or enticing children. To risk their lives. To travel from Central America to the -- a Texas but. But the White House blames it on a law passed under the Bush Administration that says the children can not be immediately sent back to their homes. President Obama is now asking congress to change that law we now have an actual humanitarian presence on the border that only underscores the need to drop -- politics. And fix our immigration system once and -- To that end President Obama announced today that he will take executive action to fix the immigration system as much as he can. Without congress some -- -- ABC news Washington.

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