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Immigrant groups urge Obama to make promised move

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama pause during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Obama is standing by his pledge to act on his own to reduce deportations and improve border security by the end of the year.

MIAMI (AP):

Miami Archbishop Tomas Wenski is joining immigrant advocates to urge President Barack Obama to take action on immigration.

Last spring, Obama promised an executive order on immigration in the wake of congressional deadlock. He pushed off a self-imposed deadline during the unaccompanied minor crisis and then again ahead of midterm elections.

Now, immigrant and allied groups say it's time to act. Labour and immigrant rights groups were scheduled to join Wenski yesterday morning outside Miami's historic Freedom Tower.

More than half a dozen farmworker and other groups will hold similar events in Tampa and Orlando. Their efforts echo a national call from Washington immigration organisations. Advocates said the president has nothing to lose by providing a path to legalisation for thousands of immigrants in the country illegally.