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Video Of Obama: Immigration Shouldn’t Be ‘Deal Breaker’

President Obama announced a three part plan to reform immigration law in the United States.

 

Video: President Obama announces sweeping immigration reform


President Obama announced a three part plan to reform immigration law in the United States, giving the parents of children who are citizens, students, and law-abiding undocumented immigrants opportunities to come out of “the shadows.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Republican opposition to his executive actions on immigration should not be a “deal breaker” on other issues.

He also says that if Republicans question his right to act on his own, they should act on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. He says he wants to work with both parties to pass a more permanent solution to fixing the immigration system.

He says: “Americans are tired of gridlock.”

Obama spoke Thursday night as he unveiled his plans to sidestep Congress and help nearly 5 million immigrants in the United States illegally by making them eligible to avoid deportation and obtain work permits.

Republicans have said Obama’s actions would not only hurt chances of passing an immigration overhaul but also damage his relations with the incoming Republican-controlled Congress.

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Full PBS NewsHour episode


Full PBS NewsHour presentation of President Obama’s speech, followed by Republican response and commentary.

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