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  • Obama delays acting on immigration until after November elections

    U.S. President Barack Obama reversed course on Saturday and delayed taking executive action on immigration reform until after November congressional elections, bowing to concerns it could cost his fellow Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

    Obama had promised in a high-profile White House appearance in June to announce unilateral measures by the end of summer if Congress did not enact immigration reform legislation.

    But Obama said the surge of nearly 63,000 children from Central America crossing the border to the United States in the past year had made Americans wary of new immigration measures.


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    Obama ready to act on immigration

    President Obama, who will act on immigration reform by the end of the year, has not reviewed final administration recommendations on immigration but is aware of the general details in the expected plan, says a senior White House official who is traveling with the President in Myanmar.

    "It's not like this is the Academy Awards," said the official, meaning that the contents of the envelope are not a surprise.

    Citing his legal authority as chief executive of the United States, Obama said in a press conference in Myanmar Friday that he would act on immigration reform by the end of the year.



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      Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

      President Barack Obama's televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers.

      Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move.



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        Republicans savage Obama immigration executive order

        Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has condemned US President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to force through immigration reform.

        The conservative leader said the action sabotages any chance of enacting cross-party reforms and damages the presidency itself.

        Mr Obama's plan means more than 4m illegal immigrants in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits.



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          Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

          U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something.

          Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner's assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents.

          "Well, my response is pass a bill," Obama said in the interview with ABC's "This Week" taped on Friday. "Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own."