President Barack Obama is considering taking executive action in order to deal with the immigration crisis. According to CNN, the possibility of using his authority to bypass Congress and use his own solution on how to deal with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. is becoming a more likely scenario.
Congress left for its August break without finding a solution to address the hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied children who are flocking to the U.S. border from Central American countries as El Salvador.
More than 2 million people have been deported or sent back to their home countries since President Obama took office, but some Republican legislators don’t think he’s taken enough action to increase border security.
According to CNN, President Obama doesn’t want to continue with deportations and hopes to appeal to the Hispanic-American population.
Although the Senate passed legislation in 2013 that included a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the bill was rejected by the Republican-led House of Representatives. Had it passed through Congress and been enacted into law, undocumented immigrants would have been required to register with the federal government, apply for legal status, learn English and pay a fee before officially becoming American citizens.
Since Congress has been unable to pass a comprehensive bill that pleases both sides of the political spectrum, President Obama asked the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to help him with the matter, according to CNN.
Republicans remain divided on how to approach the immigration issue in the U.S. as they want to be more appealing to Hispanic voters, but most feel that allowing undocumented immigrants, even those who were brought here as children, should not be permitted to become citizens.
President Obama said that unless something is done by Congress in the next few months then he will have no choice but to do something about immigration on his own, the source reported.