Noel and Rep. Billy Long React to Obama's Immigration Reform

Posted on December 1, 2014 10:22 am CST

By Carla Pesono

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NOEL, MO---The town of Noel Missouri holds around 1800 residents, more than 75 percent being immigrants. Mexican immigrant Juan Melendez says the immigration laws need to be fixed to better help people make a  life in the united states.

Melendez says, "For me it was put it public." Noel Resident and Business Owner Mike Bohannan says, "They're here to work. If the jobs weren't here, I mean we wouldn't need them here." President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration plans to protect around 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama says, "Criminals, not children, gang members not a mom who's working hard to provide for her kids." 
Under Obama's plans, immigrants who have been in the U.S for at least 5 years and have U.S born children get to stay and work.
Missouri Congressman Billy Long says, "I think that he completely overstepped his bounce. He himself said back in March of 2011 that he couldn't do that." 
Members of congress believe they need to put better security at the borders. Long says, "We have said all along if we will tighten the borders down then we can address immigration. It has to be dealt with we can't just put our head in the sand on it." President Obama says, "To those members of congress who questions my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where congress has failed, I have one answer, pass a bill."
Republican leaders have indicated that they are looking to make a decision on the immigration reform during a weekly closed-door policy meeting with members on Tuesday.


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