President Obama’s vow to press ahead with executive action on immigration may already be poisoning the well, as House Speaker John Boehner warned last week.
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The president, in a TV interview aired Sunday, repeated his pledge to sidestep Congress to change U.S. immigration law. “I’m going to do what I need to do,” Obama told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Amid expectations that Obama will act before the end of the year – and before Republicans take the Senate majority in January – the debate has swiftly complicated other top agenda items. Over the weekend, GOP lawmakers linked their immigration concerns to Obama’s nomination of federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.