air strikes in Iraq and an increasing number thought the United States has a responsibility to act there. U.S. soldiers attempted to rescue Foley and other Americans held in Syria earlier this summer, but were unsuccessful, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. “The effort to roll (Islamic State) back into (Syria) is a commitment the administration has been unwilling to make,” said Faysal Itani, a Middle East expert at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.
Obama weighs move on immigration – The Denver Post
He did say, however, that the U.S. would continue to remain “vigilant” and “relentless” in the face of threats by the group. “The United State of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” Obama said. During a news conference from the White House on Monday, Obama hailed the U.S.’ role in helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake the key strategic point of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. He said retaking the dam, which supplies electricity and water to much of Iraq, represented a “major step forward” in a battle against the militants.
Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration – ABC News
“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 roughly 800,000 additional visas the first year, advocates say. The result would be threefold: It would lessen the visa bottleneck for businesses 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 homepage 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. 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.
OBAMA: ISIS IS A ‘CANCER,’ HAS ‘NO PLACE IN 21ST CENTURY’ — ‘THE ENTIRE WORLD IS APPALLED’ – Yahoo Finance
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. Republicans are working to use immigration and the surge of unaccompanied minors at the border against Democrats in the midterm elections by arguing that Obama and his party are undermining the rule of law. “Politically we think it flips the switch because it’s not just talking about a benefit to those who broke the law,” said former Rep. Bruce Morrison, D-Conn., who authored the 1990 immigration law and is now lobbying on behalf of groups representing tech industry professionals, business management and U.S.