WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he intends to issue an order easing the threat against deportation for immigrants in the country illegally.
He’d act despite warnings from Republican leaders that he would be poisoning the well with a newly elected GOP-controlled Congress.
Obama tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that even if he goes ahead, there still would be room for Congress to pass immigration legislation.
He says if Congress does act, it would take the place of whatever he puts into place by his own authority.
Obama is expected to issue an order before the end of the year.
It’s a step that incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner both warned against in postelection news conferences.