February 16, 2014

THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE PARDON POWER:

Obama promises more executive action (Mike Lillis, 2/14/14, The Hill)

Obama was quick to concede there are limitations to his executive powers, though. 

"Across the board, we're moving," Obama said. "But ... we can get a whole lot more done if we've got Congress working with us."

He urged Congress to enact an immigration bill, calling it "a top priority." The president acknowledged the political thicket that surrounds that issue, particularly for Republicans, but asked lawmakers to transcend their political concerns and focus on the practical effects of such reform. 

"I believe, frankly, that there are folks on the other side of the aisle who genuinely want to see this done. But they're worried and they're scared about the political blowback," Obama said.

"Look, everybody here is an elected official and we can all appreciate the maneuverings that take place, particularly in an election year," he added. "But when it comes to immigration reform, we have to remind ourselves that there are people behind the statistics."


Posted by at February 16, 2014 8:10 AM
  
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