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Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration

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UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's done waiting for House Republicans to act on immigration. He says he now plans to act on his own.

Obama announced his intention Monday to take executive action.

Obama says there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.

But Obama says he's waited for more than a year to give House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) space to act. He says Boehner informed him last week that the House won't vote on immigration this year.

Obama says the thousands of unaccompanied children showing up on the border underscore the need to drop the politics and act on immigration.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior White House official says 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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