U.S. President Obama says the immigration legislation that House Republicans are on track to pass is ''unworkable'', and that he will have to make ''some tough choices to meet the challenge.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Obama said on Friday (August 1) the immigration legislation that House Republicans are on track to pass is unworkable and makes it more likely he will act on his own to address pressures from a surge of illegal immigrants on the southwestern border. "House Republicans, as we speak, are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere," Obama told reporters at a news conference. "That means that while they're out on vacation, I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress," he said. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are conducting a review to see what steps the president can legally take. The president has pushed for reform that would create a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants within the United States. The Senate bill had such provisions, but Republicans in the House largely opposed them as amounting to amnesty for people who entered the country illegally. Faced with an adversarial Congress, Obama has taken a series of unilateral actions to further his agenda. This has led Republicans to say Obama is exceeding the limits of his office. Boehner said Obama's actions were "sacrificing the integrity of our laws on the altar of political opportunism" and should be held accountable.