Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 2:36 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.

Obama met in the Oval Office with six religious leaders. Following the meeting, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, Luis Cortes, said the president told them that "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists."

A White House official later said that Obama does not foresee acting unilaterally while there is still an opportunity for Congress to pass more sweeping changes to the nation's fractured immigration laws.

Legislation has stalled on Capitol Hill, and Obama has come under pressure from advocates to take executive actions to halt some deportations.

The White House said Obama told the leaders that while his administration can take steps to administer immigration laws, only Congress can permanently fix the broken system.

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