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Immigration reform implodes as border crisis builds

Posted By Beth Farmer, Wednesday, July 09, 2014

More than a year ago, the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Ever since then, the U.S. House of Representatives has had the opportunity to follow suit, as well as the votes — provided that the bill made it to the House floor.

Such hopes were pronounced dead last week when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly told President Barack Obama that no vote would be allowed.

“It was a complete lack of political courage,” OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told members of the OAN Government Relations Committee on Tuesday.

In the wake of Boehner’s refusal to allow a vote, the president announced he will consider changing immigration policy via executive order under his existing legal authority. Among the likely steps? Redirecting immigration enforcement efforts from the interior of the country to the border regions.

The death of the bipartisan immigration reform bill comes amid a growing immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border. Tens of thousands of underage refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — some alone, others with their parents — have fled drug-and gang-related violence in those countries. The administration has requested $3.7 million in funding from Congress to deal with the crisis.

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