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Obama defends moves on immigration

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, November 23 2014 Nov 23, 2014 November 23, 2014 9:29 AM November 23, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

HENDERSON, Nev. - President Barack Obama is dismissing criticism that he overstepped his authority by acting unilaterally to shield millions of immigrants from the threat of deportation.

Obama says in an interview broadcast nationally Sunday that presidents use "prosecutorial discretion" all the time.

He says it was important to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals while sparing people who have lived here illegally for at least five years and may have children who are American citizens. He tells ABC's "This Week" that his response to criticism from House Speaker John Boehner is, "pass a bill."

House Republicans failed to act on a bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed in June 2013, or advance legislation of their own.

Boehner charged last week that Obama is "damaging the presidency" with his actions.

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