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July 22, 2015

White House Faults GOP for Sanctuary Cities

The White House is dismissing efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” and the administration blames Republicans for failing to pass an immigration bill.

“The irony that I have noted in this situation, that many of these pieces of legislation were written and are supported by Republicans who oppose comprehensive immigration reform,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “And you heard me say on countless occasions over the fall, that blocking comprehensive immigration reform would perpetuate a system that is the closest thing we have to amnesty. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:55 p.m.
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July 13, 2015

Will Obama’s Criminal Justice Efforts End in Big Amnesty?

After President Barack Obama’s immigration legislation push collapsed on Capitol Hill, he embarked on a massive executive amnesty.

Could the same happen to his criminal justice plans? Full story

June 8, 2015

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

Frustrated Obama King v. Burwell Obamacare

Cassie Boyle, 8, and her sister Helena Roberts, 11, hold a picture of their father and grandmother, Hannah Brown, at a rally outside of the Supreme Court during March arguments in the King v. Burwell case. Brown died 1999 at age 58, and the family attributes her death to her lack of sufficient health insurance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.

All of the president’s frustrations appeared on full display Monday at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany — with Obama taking on the courts, Congress, the Islamic State terror group and Vladimir Putin. Full story

February 25, 2015

Obama Reiterates Immigration Veto Threat in Telemundo Town Hall (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:31 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s town hall airing now on Telemundo included a vow to veto any efforts to roll back his immigration executive actions — and warned of consequences for immigration agents who don’t follow his new directives.

With host Jose Diaz-Balart and an audience of 268 people, Obama blamed Republicans for trying to block his efforts to overhaul the immigration system, per the White House pool report.

“Unfortunately a group of Republican governors sued. They found a District Court judge who enjoined… but that’s just the first part of the process. This is just one federal judge. We have appealed it very aggressively. We’re going to be as aggressive as we can,” Obama said, per the White House pool. Full story

February 20, 2015

DOJ to Appeal Immigration Ruling

The Department of Justice will file for a stay of a District Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration actions by Feb. 23, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday.

Earnest repeated what he’s been saying all week: The White House believes the proposals — which would grant deportation relief and work permits for three years to up to 5 million immigrants — are on firm legal footing.

Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 2:06 p.m.
Immigration

February 17, 2015

Immigration Ruling Casts Shadow on Obama’s Legacy (Updated)

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Heather Piña Ledezma attends an immigration rally last year with her mother, who is from Mexico. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | The third branch of government has entered the immigration debate with a bang — with potentially profound impacts on President Barack Obama’s legacy, the lives of millions and the rest of this Congress.

The decision by a federal district judge in Texas late Monday to temporarily halt Obama’s executive actions on immigration could also give Republicans a way out of a shutdown showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Full story

January 12, 2015

D.C. Joins States Defending Obama’s Immigration Action

Activists gathered in front of the White House following Obama's announcement that he would take executive action on immigration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Activists gathered in front of the White House following Obama’s announcement that he would take executive action on immigration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Monday he is joining 12 other states in calling on a federal judge to uphold President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

In November, Obama issued an executive order that protected 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and made them eligible for work permits, and made a number of other changes to the immigration system. Republicans criticized the president’s actions, with many arguing he overstepped his constitutional authority. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 6:47 p.m.
Immigration

December 10, 2014

White House Thinks GOP Will Blink on Immigration Action

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 28: President Barack Obama waves to the audience upon arriving in the House Chamber of the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union address. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Obama is betting the GOP is bluffing on defunding border security. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House sounds ready to call the GOP’s bluff on President Barack Obama’s immigration action.

GOP leaders are suggesting the real fight will happen next year, when the Homeland Security funding in the “cromnibus” — what makes it a cromnibus and not just a plain old omnibus — expires in February. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 2:22 p.m.
Immigration

December 9, 2014

Obama: Back Immigration Action Because of Christmas, Bible

President Barack Obama implied Tuesday that the Christmas spirit should have people backing his executive action on immigration.

During his immigration question-and-answer session in Tennessee, a member of the clergy wished him a “joyful and blessed Christmas.”

Obama thanked him.

“I appreciate that, Father. It’s worth considering the Good Book when you’re thinking about immigration. This Christmas season there’s a whole story about a young, soon-to-be-mother and her husband of modest means looking for a place to house themselves for the night, and there’s no room at the inn.

“And as I said the day that I announced these executive actions, we were once strangers too. And part of what my faith teaches me is to look upon the stranger as part of myself. And during this Christmas season, that’s a good place to start.

“So thank you for your generous comment. But if we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is a good time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst, and remember what it was like to be a stranger.”

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Obama Immigration Action Full Speed Ahead

Congress isn’t going to stop President Barack Obama’s immigration action. Not this week, not next year.

That’s the view of Obama, and he’s going full speed ahead to implement his order.

As he made clear on Tuesday at a Q&A on immigration in Tennessee, the president will be reaching out across the country so the 4 million people eligible for his new temporary executive amnesty program — including deportation relief and work permits — feel comfortable coming forward and applying. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 6:02 p.m.
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