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Obama Told U.S. House Won't Vote On Immigration Overhaul This Year

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Reported: Jun. 30, 2014 11:43 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 30, 2014 2:19 PM EDT
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Washington, D.C.

A senior White House official said House Speaker John Boehner has told President Barack Obama the House of Representatives won't vote on an immigration overhaul this year. The official says Obama will take steps on his own to change immigration policies through executive actions, without congressional approval.

Obama is expected to address the immigration issue in remarks later Monday.

The official said Obama will confront a rising influx of children across the border by refocusing immigration enforcement. The move will effectively reduce the number of deportations in the country's interior by stressing enforcement action on individuals who are either recent unlawful border crossers or who present a national security, public safety, or border security threat.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to discuss the issue by name ahead of Obama's remarks.

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President Barack Obama is asking Congress for increased powers to send unaccompanied children from Central America back from the U.S. border to the countries they're trying to flee illegally.

In a letter to congressional leaders Monday, Obama also is asking for increased penalties for persons who smuggle immigrants who are vulnerable, such as children.

The letter is the administration's latest response to what the White House has called a "humanitarian crisis" on the border.

The Border Patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 child immigrants traveling on their own since the start of the 2014 budget year in October.

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Obama is also asking for emergency money that would, among other things, help conduct what he calls "an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers."



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