[guest post by Dana]
Today, as anticipated, the president addressed immigration and executive action. Due to a standstill in Congress (i.e. obstructionist Republicans), the president, seeing himself with no other choice, plans to take executive action to address immigration issues. But he wishes he didn’t have to.
“I don’t prefer taking administrative action,” he said in the Rose Garden on Monday. “I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something.”
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing,” the president continued. He chastised House Republicans for failing to “pass a darn bill.”
His staff, per his request, will provide a list of executive actions he can take regarding immigration before the end of this summer.
Those darn Republicans.
UPDATE: I’m going to throw this update in with this post. Tomorrow, the first 140 detainees from Texas are expected to arrive at the U.S.Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, CA.
Groups of families with children are scheduled to arrive in Murrieta every 72 hours from south Texas, where a massive influx of Central Americans crossing the border has created what President Barack Obama has described as a “humanitarian crisis.” Many of the migrants are unaccompanied children.
The groups will arrive on commercial flights in San Diego, then be taken by bus to Murrieta, according to police and Border Patrol union officials.
The flights have already been postponed twice, but apparently, this time they are a-go. Not everyone is happy about this, of course, but to further illustrate the mess it is, some will be dropped off at a bus station. According to Murrita Police Chief Sean Hadden:
Border Patrol officials notified him that the detainees would be flown to San Diego then bussed to the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. After processing, they will be dropped off in smaller groups at bus stations in Perris, Riverside and San Bernardino. He was told the groups would continue to arrive every 72 hours.
Notice of this has generated 200+ comments in the local regional newspaper of note – and upon a quick perusal,
none very few appear to be in favor of this move.