Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) argued that President Obama just wants Republicans to “be Americans” and act on immigration reform in an interview on Thursday’s “News Nation” on MSNBC.
When asked whether she thought the president had changed his mind on whether he had the authority to act unilaterally on immigration, Jackson Lee responded “I think the president’s words then are as true for him today, what the president indicated [is] that his broad authorities, as broad as they may be under the executive powers, [do] not give him authority to convey citizenship, and nothing in what we have seen in his proposal conveys citizenship, and it also reflects a very thorough, Constitutional study on his executive powers.”
She concluded “I think if the American people look, they will see that this is not a runaway president, this is not a president who desires not to work with the Congress, it is a president that is begging for the reasonableness of these Republicans to be Americans and to stand collectively to solve an American problem and let’s do it together. He is within his authority and he’s doing the right thing. There are too many people in pain.”
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