Landrieu splits with Obama on immigration action
BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
By executive order, Obama extended legal protection to keep nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Landrieu said while she understood frustration with the "broken immigration system," Obama shouldn't have taken unilateral action.
But Republicans on Friday were using Obama's announcement as another point of attack against Landrieu. They see the immigration debate as a way to needle Landrieu and help Republican Bill Cassidy heading into the final stretch before the Dec. 6 runoff election.
State Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere described Cassidy as "a necessary check" on the president in contrast with Landrieu, who Villere called a "rubber stamp" for Obama.