Obama unveils sweeping amnesty . . . President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves.
In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican arguments that his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action was tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Reuters
Obama’s action in summary . . . The president’s immigration order, broken down into bite-sized chunks. The Daily Signal
Obama fact check . . . President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he’s taking on immigration. A look at his statements Thursday and how they compare with the facts. Associated Press
Republicans united in anger, not on response . . . A heated argument is raging among Republicans in Congress over the best response, with a sizable and vocal group of conservatives pressing to use a must-pass government spending bill to withhold funding for implementation of Obama’s order easing deportation rules for millions of undocumented residents. Other suggestions from Republicans have ranged from filing a lawsuit to block the executive action to crafting separate immigration legislation that would override the president’s order.
Hal Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, argued on Thursday that a ‘de-funding’ plan will not work because the agency primarily responsible for processing immigrants, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is funded almost entirely by application fees. Reuters
Latino support lukewarm . . . According to a breakdown provided by the pollsters, 43 percent of Latino respondents said they approved of the president’s actions, versus 37 percent who disapproved and 20 percent who said they didn’t have an opinion or weren’t sure. Washington Examiner
No Obamacare for newly legalized . . . Freed from deportation threats, more of the undocumented may be able to take regular jobs with health insurance for themselves and their families, instead of operating in shadow jobs without health insurance. They will not be covered by Obamacare, however. Politico
Well why not? Because Obama knows it could sink Obamacare by swelling the rolls – and the costs for average Americans?
Illegals to get a big wage boost . . . Illegal immigrants stand to make out nicely, seeing a big jump in their wages under President Obama’s policy, announced Thursday, granting millions of them temporary amnesty and the chance to work legally, but analysts say American workers in some jobs are likely to feel a pinch from new competitors. Washington Times
How Obama got here . . . The president, the Homeland Security secretary and their secret 9-month project to remake American’s broken immigration system. Politico
Obama heads to Vegas . . . Determined to go it alone, President Obama will head to Nevada on Friday to sign an executive order granting “deferred action” to two illegal immigrant groups- parents of United States citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for five years, and young people who who were brought into the country illegally as of 2010. Obama will sign the executive order at the same Las Vegas high school where he unveiled his sweeping blueprint for a national immigration overhaul nearly two years ago. Fox News
Obama will veto efforts to mess with order . . . President Obama would veto any Republican attempts to undermine the executive action he’s unveiling Thursday night in a primetime address, a senior administration official said Thursday. The Hill
Obama huddles with civil rights activists . . . President Obama met with more than a dozen prominent civil and immigration rights activists Thursday ahead of his speech debuting a series of new steps that will extend deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. The Hill
HHS over-reported Obamacare signups . . . The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Associated Press
Clinton finally weighs in on immigration . . . Hillary Clinton backed President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration Thursday night, thanking him for moving amid congressional “inaction” but also urging a legislative solution. Politico
Jeb doubles down on Common Core . . . The former Florida governor signaled in a Washington speech Thursday that he is prepared to fight the base in his own party over the increasingly unpopular Common Core education standards, arguing that they are vital to improving the quality of education and, by extension, improving children’s chances to succeed in today’s economy. Washington Times
Webb forms presidential exploratory committee . . . Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb became the first major Democratic candidate to signal officially an intent to run for president in 2016, forming an exploratory committee and vowing to provide positive leadership for the country. Washington Times