WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's abrupt shift to a go-it-alone strategy on immigration sets up a clash with House Republicans who've already threatened to sue him. The president is also raising expectations among immigration advocates that he may have trouble satisfying.
The president is limited in his powers to ease deportations and is under pressure to crack down on a tide of Central American children entering the U.S. without their parents. He has only so many options to tackle immigration, complicated by a midterm election that could cost him Democratic control of the Senate.
Obama is blaming Republican resistance for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation and vowing to bypass Congress to patch up the system. But House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) said lack of trust of Obama killed chances for immigration.