Obama says he’s open to taking executive action on immigration

Saturday, February 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Rebecca Shabad
TheHill.com
January 31, 2014

President Obama on Friday said he’s open to taking executive action on immigration.

The president said if Congress can’t pass reform legislation, he would explore all “available options” to implement a “smart system” unilaterally.

“I’m going to look at all available options,” Obama said during a virtual “road trip” chat hosted by Google.

Obama said he’s “modestly optimistic” that Congress would pass immigration legislation this year and called the immigration principles unveiled by House Republican leaders this week a step in the right direction.

“There are still some differences,” Obama said.

“I want to engage. I don’t want to prejudge and presuppose that we can’t close some of those gaps,” he added. “I’m going to remain modestly optimistic.”

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