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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, faith leaders and activists participates in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportation policies. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

    FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, faith leaders and activists participates in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportation policies. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, faith leaders and activists participates in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportation policies. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

President Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration.

Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he’d adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his authority to help people who have already violated immigration laws.

“The president has not made a decision regarding next steps, but he believes it’s important to understand and consider the full range of perspectives on potential solutions,” said White House spokesman Shawn Turner.

One of the more popular requests among business and family groups is a change in the way green cards are counted that would essentially free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year, advocates say.

The result would be threefold: It would lessen the visa bottleneck for business seeking global talent; shorten the green card line for those being sponsored by relatives, a wait that can stretch nearly 25 years; and potentially reduce the incentive for illegal immigration by creating more legal avenues for those wanting to come, as well as those already here.

Obama’s aides have held more than 20 meetings in recent months with business groups and other interest groups to discuss possibilities, ahead of an announcement about next steps the president is expected to make in September. Coordinating these “listening sessions,” as the White House calls them, is its Office of Public Engagement, led by top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Obama’s options without new laws from Congress are limited and would only partially address obstacles business groups say are preventing them from hiring more workers. Even so, administration officials say these groups are urging the White House to help streamline a complex and unpredictable system.

Interesting: I clicked on "Work/ Business" and this story came to the top of the page: O'bozo has no clue what work is and is out to stamp out business. Golf on, oh incompetent leader!

NObama's willful subversion of border security protocol as dictated by federal legislation simply proves he absolutely hates America

He doesn't have a clue. Come November, for the good of our country, we have to rid ourselves of his three rubber stamps, Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster.

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE ? The border is already a sieve - what does he propose handing then citizenship and a democrat voter card at the border?

His people are homeless and jobless in St Louis and he wants to introduce a flood of illegals to compete against black people for jobs?

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