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Nancy Pelosi Knocks Down The Republican Myth That Obama Immigration Action Is Illegal

Minutes after President Obama gave his address to the nation during which he explained the executive actions he would be taking in order to fix our broken immigration system, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement commending the President for his bold action, and noting that it falls well within the constitutional and legal authority of his office.

“Tonight, President Obama announced bold action to bring our broken immigration system into line with our values as a people and our needs as a nation. The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will secure our borders, prioritize enforcement, and provide relief to millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who may now have a happy Thanksgiving free from the fear of separation.

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“The President’s actions fall well within the clear constitutional and legal authority of his office, and the well-established precedent set by every president since Eisenhower. Even Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used this authority to refine our immigration system in service of the national interest.

“Executive action is no substitute for legislation, and the President’s action does not absolve Congress of its own responsibility. Democrats will continue to demand action on bipartisan immigration legislation that will provide lasting certainty to immigrant families, and secure the billions of dollars in economic benefits Republicans’ inaction has denied our country.”

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Leader Pelosi is correct that President Obama’s actions are well within the legal authority of his office as observable in the fact that every other modern president has done the same. The President’s actions to not grant citizenship, only Congress can do that. The President’s actions detail deportation authority, which even the conservative Supreme Court agrees falls under Obama’s purview.

The facts of Obama’s executive actions are quite a distance from the Republican fear-mongering and hysteria over them.

Republicans still need to pass a bill. The President can’t do everything for them. At some point, they need to legislate. That is what they get paid to do.

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  • I am rapidly getting more disgusted with the GOP efforts to hold back American progress for the sake of their kickbacks from religious groups and corporate America. They need to be extracted from the pockets of Corporate and Relgious America (pretty much one and the same) and turn their focus back on ALL THE PEOPLE--regardless of color, race or religion!

  • The GOP need to quit whining! They are being paid by taxpayers to do nothing! All Boehner has to do is bring the Senate bill to the floor for a vote, and they don't have to worry about Executive action being taken. The votes are there for it to pass, which is why Boehner won't bring it to a vote!
    Every Democrat needs to quit behaving like punks and follow Pelosi's lead and attack, attack, attack, every time the right lies to the American people! That's how you elections, especially during the midterms!

  • As soon as my vacation is over for doing nothing, we will do something says Orange Julius

    "We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk ... we’ll work to protect the Constitution of the United States.”

    "You just wait I will enforce the will of the idiots oops I mean my fellow citizens but the rule of law has to wait."

  • Republicans were acting like he was going to grant amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens. What a disappointment for them when Obama didn't break the law or declare himself emperor. Boehner and Cruz are oblivious to the fact that compared to Obama they are mental midgets. My only regret is that we haven't escorted these bigoted worthless gop bastards right out of Washington.

  • I wish to thank democrat Nancy Pelosi from California district 12. My blue state but not my blue district, mine is Adam Schiff CA-28.
    California is a border state and understands the importance of immigration on our states economy.
    IF they go, who the hell will harvest our fruits and vegetables, care for our children, clean our homes and offices and many other jobs that we as Americans WILL NOT DO.
    **steps off liberal soapbox

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