President Barack Obama issued a statement on Sept. 5 in which he said he will discuss his next steps for immigration reform in the near future. According to Reuters, the president did not say if he will wait until after the upcoming midterm elections in November to use executive action on the issue.
What he did say was that he plans to develop a way to encourage immigrants to follow the correct pathway to citizenship, Reuters reported. He also mentioned that he wants to answer the question of how to humanely deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S., and how much he plans to increase enforcement at U.S. borders.
Since Congress was unable to come up with a fair resolution to the nation’s immigration crisis, President Obama said he will do what he can to develop solution. He has consulted with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder on his options regarding executive action, according to the source.
“I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we’ve looked at, and I’ll be making an announcement soon,” Obama said at a press conference at the NATO summit in Wales. “In the absence of congressional action, I intend to take action, to make sure that we’re putting more resources on the border, that we’re upgrading how we process these cases and that we find a way to encourage legal immigration.”
Former Democratic Congressman Bruce Morrison told Reuters that he feels it’s more important that President Obama focus on policy than come up with a solution as soon as possible.