U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the executive actions on immigration are within the power of the president. Republican members of Congress, including all six from Illinois, have called President Obama’s move to defer deportations on millions of undocumented immigrants illegal. Durbin says those Republicans need a history lesson.
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“Let me remind the congressmen from Illinois there was once a president from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who used executive action to sign the Emancipation Proclamation,” Durbin said. “Executive action has been used by every president. The last 11 have used it on the issue of immigration. This president is carrying on in that tradition.”
Durbin believes Republicans, especially in the U.S. House, should focus on trying to pass the comprehensive immigration bill approved by the Senate last year. That legislation provides some undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, which was not included in the actions announced by Obama.