One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of the election. […] You don’t get to exact a ransom just for doing your job.
Now that my girls are getting older, they don’t want to spend that much time with me anyway. So, maybe a whole bunch of members of the House Republican caucus want to come over and socialize more.
—President Obama, on his efforts to improve relationships across the political aisle.
Let’s be real here. There were two important points in this article:
The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
—The Washington Post - Administration plan could spare hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from deportation