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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.

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.

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.

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.

November 25, 2014

Obama on Immigration: ‘I Just Took an Action to Change the Law’

President Barack Obama’s big immigration speech in Chicago Tuesday included a stunning aside as he talked down hecklers upset at his deportation record.

“What you’re not paying attention to is, I just took an action to change the law,” he said to them, saying he couldn’t understand why the hecklers would still be mad at him.

He also noted that his actions changing enforcement priorities would apply to “everyone” — i.e., all immigrants here illegally, not just the more than four million the administration estimates will qualify for work permits and deportation relief under his latest immigration action. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 7:20 p.m.

November 20, 2014

Obama to Republicans: Don’t Shut Down the Government Again (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama’s forceful, emotional speech announcing his immigration executive action had a not-so-subtle message to Republicans: Don’t try and stop me.

“To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: pass a bill,” he said. “I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.

“Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a deal-breaker on every issue. That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.”

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Obama Speech Excerpts — Says ‘Real Amnesty’ is Doing Nothing (Video)

The White House has released speech excerpts President Barack Obama plans to deliver on his executive action on immigration:

“That’s the real amnesty – leaving this broken system the way it is.  Mass amnesty would be unfair.  Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.  What I’m describing is accountability – a commonsense, middle ground approach:  If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.  If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.  If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every Democratic President for the past half century.  And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer:  Pass a bill.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 6:40 p.m.

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