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June 21, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Marco Rubio, the GOP's most prominent Latino officeholder, defended Mitt Romney's approach to immigration as one of a “mature and serious political leader,” saying the principles he has outlined are in line with the majority of Americans. The Florida senator, speaking with reporters at a breakfast gathering hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, also condemned the Obama administration for its week-old order halting deportation of young illegal immigrants, saying the president “injected election-year politics into an issue that privately I thought we were making progress on.” Rubio, who had been working on developing his own version of the Dream Act in the Senate, questioned why the administration has never reached out to him. “If you're really serious about finding a solution to these problems, don't you work with people who are interested in this?
June 20, 2012
When the Obama administration decided last week to temporarily suspend the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, Republicans in Congress threw a fit, complaining that such decisions should be made by Congress, not by unilateral presidential action. But what else was President Obama to do? Republicans have long had the ability to legislate a lasting fix to the problem but have repeatedly failed to do so. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been crafting a conservative version of the so-called Dream Act, immediately criticized the president for "going around Congress," and he told the Wall Street Journal that he would not proceed with his own bill because of the administration's decision to act first.
June 19, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
  WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his news briefings on Capitol Hill, including on Tuesday. In a display of pop-culture proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill.
June 19, 2012
Re "Obama opens new door," June 16 Referring to the Dream Act, President Obama said last year, "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. " On Friday, Obama effectively changed the law unilaterally, saying, "It's the right thing to do. " In recent history, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have allowed presidents to use powers that belong to the legislative branch. You may be for open borders and amnesty, but if you believe in and support the Constitution, you should be cautious in supporting Obama's unilateral Dream Act. If we allow the executive branch of government to continue to increase its powers unilaterally, we will no longer have a system of checks and balances.
June 19, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Remember Art Linkletter and “Kids Say the Darndest Things”? Well, it may be time for an updated version called “Politicians Say the Darndest Things.” Reacting to President Obama's move last week to defer deportations of some young illegal immigrants, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday: “The president's announcement on immigration is -- it puts everyone in a difficult position. I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap, who through no fault of their own are here.
June 18, 2012 | By Paul West
In the latest aftershock from President Obama's move to bar the deportation of some young illegal immigrants, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has apparently abandoned his plan to offer a conservative alternative to the Dream Act. Rubio, a Cuban American often mentioned as a potential running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Obama's announcement last Friday had probably killed his own legislative effort, at least until after the 2012...
June 17, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faulted President Obama on Sunday for by-passing Congress to shield about 800,000 young illegal immigrants from being deported, but he stopped short of saying he opposed the move. During the Republican primaries, Romney said he favored “self-deportation” for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are living and working in this country. But interviewed on CBS's Face the Nation, the presumptive GOP said he could support legislation that could allow some of those immigrants to stay here.
June 16, 2012 | Melanie Mason
The Obama administration announced Friday it would halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Here is a nuts-and-bolts guide to the policy shift. Who is eligible? To be eligible, an individual must have come to the United States before age 16 and must have continuously lived in the country for at least five years. He or she must be living in the U.S. today and must be 30 or younger. The person must also be in school, have a high school diploma or a GED, or be a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran.
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