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US House Speaker John Boehner has warned President Barack Obama over his actions on immigration policies in the country.

At a Tuesday meeting of dozens of congressional leaders, Boehner said that the House would make efforts to stop the actions.

He “made clear” that a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill would “include amendments to stop the president’s unilateral actions on immigration,” said a readout from the Speaker’s office.

“The speaker reminded the president that he himself had stated publicly many times in the past that he did not have the power to rewrite immigration law through executive action,” it added.

“There are priorities that rise above politics,” said the president in response, according to the White House, and they include “fully funding the Department of Homeland Security without delay so the men and women working there can operate with the confidence they need.”

Late last year, Obama announced an extensive set of executive actions on US immigration policy under which parents of US citizens could apply for work permits and those who came illegally to the United States as children would be protected.

The actions are designed to spare from deportation as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in the US.

The administration does not believe the orders are unconstitutional and says they are perfectly within the president’s authority.


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