With congressional Republicans vowing to try to overturn Obama’s executive actions, full-throated backing from the business community could have provided some insulation for the administration. Instead, a number of business leaders were lukewarm in their public remarks. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said in a statement that aexecutive actions cannot adequately fix our broken immigration system, and they raise important legal and constitutional questions.a Among the other business-specific changes the administration made: aDirected expanded use of a anational interest waivera that allows green cards to foreigners with exceptional abilities. aAnnounced a new program to allow inventors, researchers and startup founders to stay in the U.S.
Obama calls Mexican president to discuss immigration action – Washington Times
President Barack Obama on immigration issues. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) more > By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Wednesday, November 26, 2014 President Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Wednesday about Mr. Obamas granting of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, and the White House said both men pledged to stop more immigrants coming from Central America. President Obama and President Pena Nieto reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to work together in Central America to help address the underlying factors driving migration from the region to Mexico and the United States and deter migrant smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied children, the White House said. The presidents also pledged to work together to combat organized crime and promote improved security and justice for our citizens, the statement said. Mr.
Biden defends immigration in (visit) Irish op-ed | Election 2014 – Home
Quick Clicks Tom Hanks to host DC Christmas… Saying his ancestors traveled to the United States in the 1840s and 1850s, Biden wrote: “The history of the journey of this country has always been the promise that anything is possible.” At the ire of Congressional Republicans, Obama took steps last week that would allow up to five million immigrants who came to the United States illegally to stay in the country temporarily. Biden said the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reform “left President Obama with a choice”: take action or “sit by as families are torn apart and our economic horizons are diminished.” The vice president, who hasn’t ruled out a 2016 presidential bid, said the executive actions are a “strong step forward” and “consistent with the values that built this nation.” Copyright 2014 by CNN NewSource . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Obama rebuffs immigration hecklers – CNN.com
RELATED: Obama: ‘No sympathy for violence in Ferguson One called Obama’s claim that his immigration policies are focused on deporting felons, not families, “a lie.” Another said it’s “not just Republicans” who have called undocumented immigrants felons. Obama told the protesters it “doesn’t make sense to yell at me right now,” given his immigration action last week. “What you’re not paying attention to is, I just took an action to change the law,” he said as the crowd applauded. The interruptions continued, with Obama saying at one point that he’s “not going to be able to have a conversation with each of you separately” and later that they should “just sit down.” “Nobody’s removing you. I’ve heard you. But you’ve got to listen to me, too,” he said.