President Obama said on a nationally televised interview that he's tried to accommodate Republicans in Congress and wait patiently for them to make the move on immigration — and that historians will say that he's been "very restrained" with his executive actions.
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By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times
Fifty percent of voters in the country oppose President Obama's recently-announced executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, and a majority thinks the president's plan will actually attract more illegal immigrants into the country. Published November 24, 2014
The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing.
Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama's move to shield nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation is "just dangerous" for anyone concerned about liberty.
Key Democrats are taking the threat of a lawsuit that's plaguing President Obama due to his executive actions and turning it into a subtle money-maker, calling on fellow party members in a mass email to sign a petition or their leader could go to prison.
Sen. Lindsey Graham turned on his own party during a television interview on CNN's "State of the Union," chiding Republicans for failing to pass immigration reform before President Obama issued an executive action granting amnesty to about 5 million illegals.
"Saturday Night Live" took aim at President Obama's action on illegal immigration by spoofing the 1970s kids' favorite "Schoolhouse Rock" and replacing "Bill" with a chain-smoking "Executive Order."
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Democrats should be just as angry as Republicans about the president's executive order on immigration because it sets a precedent for future presidents to singlehandedly rewrite the law.
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said Sunday that he approved of the actions in the president's immigration executive order — it's the way the president issued the changes that could make compromise more difficult in Washington.
The White House says President Obama's new executive action on immigration cleared nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation, but that still leaves more than half the population currently in the U.S. illegally in at least some fear of being kicked out.
President Obama is selling his unilateral immigration package unveiled last week as, in part, a way to keep millions of families from breaking up. But family-values groups, many of which focus heavily on keeping families together on matters such as refugee and asylum cases for home-schoolers, are rallying around one position: White House usurpation of the issue is wrong.
President Obama told Americans Saturday that his action granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants is "certainly not amnesty, no matter how often critics say it."
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is suing President Obama over his plans to grant temporary legal status and work permits to up to 5 million illegal immigrants in the country, saying the actions from the president will have a detrimental effect on his ability to carry out his job.
Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois Republican, said that while he actually agrees with a lot of what President Obama said in his immigration speech, it doesn't justify the president's taking executive action when he should have come to Congress on the issue.
White House spokesman Joshua Earnest said if President Obama were a king or emperor, as many Republicans are calling him, he'd unilaterally implement an immigration bill passed by the Senate last year that beefed up border security and provided a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the country.
Upon landing in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, President Obama officially signed two memoranda to carry out his executive actions granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.
House Speaker John A. Boehner would not say Friday what action he and his colleagues will take to push back against President Obama's executive immigration moves, but vowed something will happen.
The Justice Department said President Obama's new executive action granting amnesty from deportation to illegal immigrant parents is legal because he limited it to those whose children could eventually petition for them to stay anyway.
At a boisterous rally to celebrate his granting of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, President Obama said Friday that his action won't apply to new undocumented immigrants because "borders mean something."
Rep. Tony Cardenas, California Democrat, said Friday that President Obama's executive action to grant temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants isn't about what Congress didn't do, but about what Congress has refused to do.
Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott didn't mince words while reacting to President Obama's executive action that grants amnesty to roughly 5 million illegals, saying simply in a tweeted message: I'm going to sue.
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An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have deep worries that illegal immigration will erode the country's culture and economy, revealed a new poll.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there's a "general consensus" in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country's immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans' annual retreat.
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills.
The U.S. illegal immigrant population has begun to tick back up with the improving economy, rising to 11.7 million last year, according to the latest estimates Monday from the Pew Hispanic Center.
The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said in a letter Tuesday that the Obama administration is not ready to handle the influx of applications.
The American business community weighed in Tuesday on immigration, firing off a letter to House leaders urging them to find the political will to pass an immigration bill this year.