U.S. President Barack Obama hints on using his executive power to take action on immigration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in Myanmar, said on Friday (November 14) he would take action to reform U.S. immigration policy before the end of the year. The New York Times reported Obama plans to announce an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy through executive action that would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. "The minute the pass a bill that I can sign that fixes our immigration system, then any executive actions I take are replaced, so they have the ability to fix the system," Obama told reporters. "What they don't have the ability to do is to expect me to standby with a broken system, in perpetuity." Obama said the immigration bill would bring the immigrants living in the United States out of the shadow, where one could start paying tax and earn a better welfare. He said this is an issue for over the past years and that needs to be fixed. "I would advise if they want to take a different approach, rather than devote a lot of time trying to constrain my lawful actions as the chief executive of the U.S. government in charge of enforcing our immigration laws, that they spend some time passing a bill," Obama added, "and engaging with all the stakeholders, the immigrant rights groups, the law enforcement groups, the evangelicals, the business community, all of whom have said this is something that needs to be done."