President Obama announced last week that he will use executive actions to reform as much of the immigration process as he can without Congressional approval. The announcement yesterday came as Speaker of the House John Boehner told the President last week that he will not call an immigration reform bill for a vote anytime this year. The President has been waiting to use executive action in the hopes that the House of Representatives would pass either the Senate approved immigration reform bill or an immigration reform bill of their own. After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his bid for reelection, which many attributed to his support for immigration reform, several House Republicans became more fearful of openly supporting any reform bill, especially during an election year.
While the President has yet to announce what specific actions he will take, he has instructed his staff to begin coming up with ideas to reform the immigration process that will not require Congressional approval. Many immigration activists hope that the President will use this opportunity to alter his deportation policy. One move the President did make public was that he will be shifting resources from the interior US to the border in an effort to make the border more secure. The President said that further actions will be announced by the end of this summer.