Obama says Republicans are committing political suicide on immigration

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Republicans are committing political suicide by resisting comprehensive immigration reform and vowed to go ahead with his plans to loosen some migration rules on his own after Nov. 4 elections.

Obama’s comment came as he began a two-day West Coast trip centered mostly around raising money for Democratic congressional candidates in Los Angeles.

His first such event is scheduled to be at the Los Angeles home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday night.

Speaking to tech startup executives at a town hall event at Cross Campus, an organization devoted to helping entrepreneurs create jobs for young Americans, Obama repeatedly attacked his political opponents as he tries to fend off a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in the upcoming elections.

On immigration, Obama said he would proceed with plans after the elections to do what he can within his constitutional power to help undocumented workers in the United States.

He said he would specifically make the H1B visa system more efficient “to encourage more folks to sthere”…

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