Dick Durbin: Obama Can Borrow Some of Our Power to Pass Immigration Reform

'The president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration'

DICK DURBIN: "Speaker Boehner, who's refused to call this bipartisan measure out of the Senate, is critical of this president for using his authority to try to address the many challenges of immigration facing our nation, recalls that moment in history in my mind. We passed a bill after a lot of long, hard efforts and negotiation. It was a bill that had the support of business, of labor, of the faith community, all across the United States. It is a bill that really appeals to all of America because it solves an American challenge that still continues to this day. Despite his majority in the House of Representatives, Speaker Boehner refuses to call this bipartisan measure because he knows quite simply it would pass. and if it passes, it would begin to solve the problems of our broken immigration system. A year has gone by. I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today, and if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration, and he shouldn't be sued as a result of it."

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