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President Barack Obama accused Congress on Monday of continuing to do absolutely nothing regarding immigration reform and said the time has come for him to take action without them.
"The failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it's bad for our economy and it's bad for our future," Obama said in a speech, reports USA Today. "If Congress won't do their job, at least we can do ours."
The president ripped Republicans saying the current problem was just their "newest excuse to do nothing."
Speaker of the House John Boehner has made it clear that the House will not vote on the Senate's attempt at immigration reform, while at the same time the GOP won't push for any legislation themselves.
After Obama spoke, Boehner said that he has told the president that nobody trusts "him to enforce the law as written" and claimed that Obama refuses to work with Congress.
Ahead of Monday's speech, Obama went before Congress and asked for more than $2 billion to be put towards dealing with the illegal border crossings in South Texas, according to The New York Times. The president was also hoping for more power for immigration officials as they work to deal with the influx of migrant children crossing into the U.S and look to speed up deportations.
While Obama said that Congress' "argument seems to be that because the system is broken, we shouldn't make an effort to fix it," Federation for American Immigration Reform president Dan Stein felt that the speech wasn't genuine, only looking to drum up support for Democrats.
It "wasn't a sincere effort to advance polity. It was partisan," said Stein. "And now he will try to do the same, grand gesture somewhere between mid-August and the November election, a get-out-the-vote move."
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