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Obama vows to act after Republicans kill immigration bill hopes

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:38 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans on Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system alone after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year.

Mr Obama rebuked Republican leaders who will not pass a “darn bill” because they fear conservative activists who oppose offering a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented migrants as “amnesty.”

If the lawmakers allowed a vote, “they would be following the will of the majority of the American people who support reform,” Mr Obama said in a statement to reporters in the White House Rose Garden laced with sarcasm and bitterness.

“Instead, they have proven again and again that they’re unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party in order to do what’s best for the country.”

US President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 30, 2014. President Barack Obama ignited a new power showdown with Republicans on Monday, vowing to fix America’s broken immigration system alone after Congress refused to vote on his top remaining domestic priority this year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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