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July 3, 2014

Another View: Boehner, House refuse to take action

House Speaker John Boehner says he plans to file suit against President Obama for overreaching his authority.

It’s a common theme among Republicans that Obama is using executive orders or ignoring laws because he’s not getting his way in Congress.

This dispute is a natural extension of the debilitated nature of government in Washington. When nothing works, attack any effort to make it function.

And it’s more than a little ironic that a Republican Party — which routinely complains about activist judges — wants to draw the courts into a dispute between the legislative and executive branches. If such a lawsuit is filed, we hope it’s quickly tossed back at Boehner.

Amid all of this, Boehner announced ... the House will not take up immigration reform this year. This is a long-simmering issue that’s generated controversy on both sides of the aisle in Congress.

In response to Boehner’s declaration, Obama said he would pursue whatever executive action possible related to immigration. Most pressing at the moment is an ongoing influx of children from South and Central American nations showing up at the U.S. border unaccompanied by adults.

Apparently, there is the mistaken belief such children will be granted access into the United States. Instead, they are being detained in large numbers.

There is a great deal wrong with this situation, not the least of which is the way these children are being treated in their own countries, during arduous journeys north and finally when they reach the United States.

Presumably, Obama will take steps to change the way the government deals with these children. But it’s likely there will be other adjustments to the way the administration deals with illegals in the coming months.

Whatever those changes are, we’re pretty sure Republicans in Congress won’t like them, because that’s the way things work in Washington. But the GOP-controlled House won’t act on any immigration reform measure when they have had ample opportunity to do so.

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