- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2014

President Obama blasted House Republicans Friday for working on an immigration border security bill “that they already know is going nowhere.”

“They’re not even trying to solve the problem,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference at the White House, calling the proposed legislation “extreme and unworkable.”

“This is a message bill … just so they can check a box before they leave town for a month,” Mr. Obama said, adding that he would veto it if the Senate passed it. The congressional August recess starts later today.

House Republicans said Friday they were on track to pass a rewritten immigration border security measure after their efforts failed Thursday. But the Senate has departed for the summer, meaning no legislation will become law for now.

The House legislation would send hundreds of millions of dollars to immigration agencies to house the illegal immigrant children and families surging across the border, and changes a 2008 law that made it difficult to deport children from Central America.

Republicans added another bill that would halt Mr. Obama’s non-deportation policy for so-called Dreamers, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Mr. Obama has requested $3.7 billion for border security and humanitarian needs to address the influx of illegal immigrants.

The president laughed when a reporter asked if he is doing enough to work with congressional Republicans, citing the House’s difficulty in passing a border security bill.

“They can’t even pass their own version of the bill,” he said. “That’s not a disagreement between me and the House Republicans, that’s a disagreement between the House Republicans and the House Republicans.”

Mr. Obama added that “I’m going to have to act alone” to reallocate resources to deal with the influx of migrants.

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