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October 9, 2014

Obama: ‘Suicide’ for GOP if They Don’t Pass Immigration (Updated)

Updated 7:28 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday Republicans will be committing “suicide” if they don’t pass an immigration bill.

“It’s anyone’s guess how Republicans are thinking about this,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in California.

He said that in the long-run politically, “It is suicide for them not to do this.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 6:53 p.m.

October 8, 2014

Earnest Doubts Immigration Shutdown Showdown

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Members of United We Dream are cut out of bindings by D.C. Police during a protest in September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House doubts Republicans will threaten to shut down the government to block President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order planned for after the midterm elections.

That executive action — expected to include what amounts to temporary amnesty and work permits for up to 5 million people — wasn’t delayed because of political concerns about the impact on the elections, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended.

Instead,Earnest said the concern was more about the post-election dynamic should Republicans win. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 3:22 p.m.

September 6, 2014

Obama Punts on Immigration Until After Elections (Updated)

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Obama said Saturday he will delay executive action on immigration.

Updated 11:46 a.m. | President Barack Obama intends to delay an announcement of executive actions related to immigration until after the mid-term elections, a source with direct knowledge of the White House decision confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

One day after Obama told reporters he planned to announce his executive action on immigration “soon,” he appears to have expanded the definition of “soon” to at least early November.

White House officials told the Associated Press and the New York Times of the decision earlier Saturday.

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September 5, 2014

Obama Plans for Immigration Action ‘Soon’

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:49 p.m. | President Barack Obama brushed off a question Friday at the end of the NATO summit about delaying his immigration executive actions until after the November elections — saying he expects to make an announcement “soon.”

Obama didn’t define “soon.” Nor did he directly address the politics around the issue, with some vulnerable Senate Democrats worried an action before the elections could hurt them at the polls.

Obama said he’s started to received some information from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on steps he can take on his own, and said that he is determined to act. He said he suspects he will have some reading to do on his flight back to Washington, D.C.

“What I’m unequivocal about is that we need immigration reform, that my overriding preference is to see Congress act,” Obama said. “We had bipartisan action in the Senate. The House Republicans have sat on it for over a year. That has damaged the economy. It has held America back. It is a mistake. And in the absence of congressional action, I intend to take action to make sure that we’re putting more resources on the border, that we’re upgrading how we process these cases, and that we find a way to encourage legal immigration and give people some path, so that they can start paying taxes, and then pay a fine and learn English and be able to not look over their shoulder but be legal, since they’ve been living here for quite some time.”

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 12:39 p.m.

September 2, 2014

Obama Hasn’t Decided When to Act on Immigration

President Barack Obama might act in the next few weeks on immigration. Or he might not. He might wait until after the November elections. But politics isn’t his top priority.

At least, that’s all according to his spokesman.

“There is the chance that it could be before the end of the summer. There is the chance that it could be after the summer,” said Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Earnest was peppered Tuesday with questions about Obama’s previous, and possibly inoperative, declaration that he would act without delay on immigration once he received a report from his attorney general and Homeland Security secretary on his legal authority to act at the end of the summer.

The declared end date of “end of summer” has now become a fudged up timeline, with reports that the White House will delay acting — at least in part — until after the November elections to protect vulnerable Senate Democrats in red states.

Earnest said that politics wasn’t the president’s “top priority” — that getting the policy correct was.

But that increasingly sounds like someone trying to declare that there isn’t gambling going on at Rick’s.


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August 27, 2014

White House: Government Shutdown Threat Won’t Change Our Immigration Plans (Video)

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll File Photo)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest warned Republicans against trying to defund the president’s coming executive actions granting deportation relief to illegal immigrants.

“We would hope that Republicans wouldn’t do the same thing again,” Earnest said Wednesday, referring to last year’s failed effort to defund Obamacare.

The threat articulated by some congressional Republicans in recent days won’t affect the president’s thinking, Earnest said.

“The president has determined to take the kinds of common sense steps that are required to address the worst problems of our broken immigration system. Nothing the president does is a replacement for the kind of robust solution that passive bipartisan support through the United States Senate, but the president is determined to act where House Republicans won’t, and there is strong support for that all across the country. … So, again, it would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a common sense solution like that. But they’ve done it before. Hopefully they won’t do it again.”

The administration has reportedly been considering granting deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million people here illegally. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 3:49 p.m.

August 6, 2014

President Defends Executive Action Post-GOP Lawsuit

President Barack Obama pushed back on the idea that he’s an imperial president Wednesday, saying that while he is considering additional executive orders on immigration and in other areas, he is “bound by the Constitution.”

A reporter asked the president about a quote from his campaign railing against then-President George W. Bush acting on his own without going to Congress. Obama said he doesn’t have “a green light” to act as he chooses.

“I’m bound by the Constitution. I’m bound by separation of powers. There’s some things we can’t do,” he said at a news conference tied to a major U.S.-Africa summit. “Congress has the power of the purse, for example.” Full story

July 31, 2014

White House Excoriates Republican Deportation Demands

The White House torched House Republicans’ plan to vote to block President Barack Obama from granting deportation relief to any new people in the country illegally.

Republicans say the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has acted as a magnet for the surge in unaccompanied children across the border, even though recent immigrants are not eligible. And Republicans are demanding that Obama not expand that relief amid reports he’s considering granting “administrative amnesty” and work permits to as many as 5 million more unauthorized immigrants.

Here’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s statement:

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July 30, 2014

White House Threatens to Veto House Border Bill

The White House threatened to veto the House’s $659 million border supplemental Wednesday, saying it could actually make the child migrant crisis worse.

The veto threat could buck up Democrats looking to kill the bill in an effort to push Republicans to pass a more generous version.

“Republicans have had more than a year to comprehensively fix the Nation’s broken immigration system, but instead of working toward a real, lasting solution, Republicans released patchwork legislation that will only put more arbitrary and unrealistic demands on an already broken system,” the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said in a Statement of Administration Policy. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 4:14 p.m.

July 29, 2014

Earnest Slams House Border Bill as Insufficient, Unworkable

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest slammed the House GOP’s $659 million border crisis package Tuesday as too skimpy to address the crisis and containing partisan provisions that could prove unworkable, although he stopped short of a veto threat.

Earnest said House Republicans haven’t treated the border crisis with the same level of “urgency” as President Barack Obama, who requested $3.7 billion for the border crisis. And he ripped the GOP for not adding funding for wildfires or for Israel’s Iron Dome. Full story

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