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House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. Obama said at a White House news conference there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," Obama said.

Obama urges House Republicans to vote for immigration reform

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- President Barack Obama marked Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the introduction of the bipartisan immigration reform approved last June by the Senate by calling on Republicans in the House of Representatives "to listen to the will of the American people" and bring the measure to a vote.

Obama says he won't use executive orders to halt deportations

Washington, Apr 15 (EFE).- President Barack Obama does not wish to use any executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants, considering it would damaged efforts to pass immigration reform, religious leaders said after a meeting at the White House. The president said "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists," Luis Cortes, head of Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, told reporters after the session.

Obama says he won't use executive orders to halt deportations

Washington, Apr 15 (EFE).- President Barack Obama does not wish to use any executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants, considering it would damaged efforts to pass immigration reform, religious leaders said after a meeting at the White House. The president said "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists," Luis Cortes, head of Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, told reporters after the session.

White House denies migrants deported for minor offenses

Washington, Apr 7 (EFE).- The U.S. administration denied Monday that the majority of the more than 2 million deportations since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009 have been of people who committed minor offenses, as The New York Times reported. Ninety-eight percent of deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been in line with the priorities set by the administration, with a focus on threats to national security, public safety and border security, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Gutierrez challenges Republicans to act on immigration reform

Washington, Apr 2 (EFE).- Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on Wednesday warned his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives that if they don't hold a vote on immigration reform before the July 4 recess President Barack Obama will take matters into his own hands. "There are concrete ways within existing law to help keep families together and spare U.S. citizens from losing their wives and their husbands and their children to deportation," Gutierrez said in a speech on the House floor.

Immigrants demand that Obama halt deportations

Washington, Mar 12 (EFE).- A group of about 50 immigrants and activists gathered Wednesday in front of the White House to demand that President Barack Obama halt deportations of undocumented foreigners. This act of protest came within the framework of the summit on immigration that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement is holding this week in Washington, a meeting that focuses on demanding a suspension of deportations and the approval of immigration reform.

Immigrants demand that Obama halt deportations

Washington, Mar 12 (EFE).- A group of about 50 immigrants and activists gathered Wednesday in front of the White House to demand that President Barack Obama halt deportations of undocumented foreigners. This act of protest came within the framework of the summit on immigration that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement is holding this week in Washington, a meeting that focuses on demanding a suspension of deportations and the approval of immigration reform.

Obama rejects "deporter in chief" label

Washington, Mar 6 (EFE).- President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected criticism from a prominent Hispanic leader who dubbed him the "deporter in chief" for the record number of undocumented migrants deported since he took office. "I am the champion-in-chief of comprehensive immigration reform," he declared during a forum at the Newseum in Washington to promote the registration of Latinos in the new medical insurance plans available under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

More than 20 arrested at anti-deportation protest in front of White House

Washington, Feb 17 (EFE).- More than a score of people were arrested Monday at a peaceful vigil staged in front of the White House to protest deportations and support immigration reform that would regularize the status of millions of illegal immigrants. The protest was organized by the United Methodist Church and was supported by immigrants and activists, who turned out to sing hymns and pray for those who decided to stage the protest despite warnings from law enforcement on the north lawn of the White House.
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