Giving Republicans room on immigration issue, Obama resists pressure to act on his own

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 3:00 AM

WASHINGTON — For a president looking for a legacy piece of legislation, the current state of the immigration debate represents a high-wire act.

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firefight41Feb. 8, 14 7:02 AM

Yet if he shows too much patience, the opportunity to fix immigration laws as he wants could well slip away. *************** The immigration issue that he GUARANTEED the Latino community he would have in place by the end of 2009? That immigration issue? Just proves he is a man that goes back on his word.

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dogmanFeb. 8, 14 9:24 AM

"Just proves he is a man that goes back on his word." -- you've been corrected on this before... the only piece of his immigration plan that could get past republican filibusters was the piece that increased border enforcement. As a result, deportations are much higher than they were under the previous president, and we're at a net-zero when it comes to illegal immigration

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firefight41Feb. 8, 14 5:50 PM

"Just proves he is a man that goes back on his word." -- you've been corrected on this before... the only piece of his immigration plan that could get past republican filibusters was the piece that increased border enforcement. As a result, deportations are much higher than they were under the previous president, and we're at a net-zero when it comes to illegal immigration. **************** Only in your mind. Obama broke his guarantee with the Latino community on immigration reform.

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u4775Feb. 12, 14 8:50 AM

The Republicans would be fools to pass immigration and almost anything. Once an immigration law is in place, Obama has shown the desire to enforce or not enforce any part of it at his whim. This clearly unconstitutional behavior violates his sworn oath to enforce the laws. What is the point of putting provisions in laws that the President then refuses to enforce? It turns our system of government on its head. Court cases are in process, and I suspect even Democratic appointees to the courts cannot swallow this behavior by the President.

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csjohn1Feb. 12, 14 9:09 AM

The man is a genius: If he acts on his own, that will endear him to the immigrant population but further enrage the right wing nut cases. If he does nothing (yet requires Congress to do their jobs) the Republicans clearly are responsible for blocking immigration reform and will lose their vote. My advice is to let the Republicans stew in their own mess.

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avejoeconFeb. 12, 1412:31 PM

As a result, deportations are much higher than they were under the previous president, and we're at a net-zero when it comes to illegal immigration.----------Are you saying that Bush had a great Idea, because it is Bush's policies that Obama is following and taking credit for that has increased deportation. But, Obama has also given amnesty to millions of illegals already.

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