Dick Durbin and five other top Senate Democrats urge Obama to go it alone on immigration
Fresh off re-election in an otherwise good year for Republicans, Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, has joined with five colleagues in urging President Obama to move forward unilaterally on immigration, saying they “strongly support” his plan to offer legal protection to some of the undocumented immigrants already in the country.
Durbin and Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Patty Murray of Washington, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, have signed a letter to the president calling for immediate action.
The New York Times REPORTS:
Mr. Obama has signaled that he is preparing to take executive action to overhaul the nation’s immigration enforcement system as early as this week, a move that could allow as many as five million uindocumented immigrants to live and work in the country without the threat of deportation.
Congressional Democrats are united behind the president on immigration. The only quibble is on timing, with some privately asking the White House to delay any action until after Dec. 11, the deadline for a must-pass omnibus spending bill.