Washington: US President Barack Obama will announce immigration policy changes he expects to enact by executive order, including on border security, by year`s end, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Saturday.
"We are in the final stages of developing some executive actions," Johnson said at a national security conference at the Ronald Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California.
"Unfortunately the (Republican-run) house didn`t act last year," and "meanwhile we have a broken immigration system," he said.
Obama will make an "announcement before the end of the year," Johnson said.
"It will be comprehensive," he added, explaining that it will include "strengthening border security."
Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the Republicans who supports immigration reforms, urged Obama to "give the new congress some time to see if we can move forward."
Most US politicians concede that the current situation must change: between 11 and 12 million undocumented immigrants, most Mexican, live and work in the United States.
But in 2006, 2007, and 2013, legislative overhauls failed to pass, blocked by opposition from conservative lawmakers who see it as amnesty for lawbreakers.