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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2015. Obama gave relatively little mention to immigration during this year's address, despite the political battle now surrounding his recent executive order.
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2015. Obama gave relatively little mention to immigration during this year's address, despite the political battle now surrounding his recent executive order.
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Obama largely avoids immigration in State of the Union - Arizona Republic President Obama didn't mention immigration much during his State of the Union speech, save for an expected threat to veto legislation that would undo his recent executive order, and a broader reference to how "passions still fly" on the subject and what's at stake. He's said much more in previous years, such as in 2013, when he urged Congress to send him a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

GOP talks immigration reform in Spanish, but not English - Politico The English-language Republican rebuttal of President Obama's State of the Union speech made no mention of it, but in the Spanish-language version, Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo indicated that Republicans wanted to work with Obama on immigration: “We should also work through the appropriate channels to create permanent solutions for our immigration system, to secure our borders, modernize legal immigration, and strengthen our economy,” said Curbelo in Spanish.

If Courts Halt Immigration Action, Los Angeles Will Keep Going - National Journal From the story: "Even if a court decision stops the federal government from moving forward on President Obama's latest executive action on immigration, the city of Los Angeles will keep doing everything it can to help undocumented residents gain legal status. "'We're going to move forward. We can't afford not to,' Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday at a National Journal event in Washington, D.C."

L.A. Braces for Wave of Scams Preying on Immigrants Seeking Legal Services - KQED President Obama's recent executive order has yet to take effect, and there are still no applications available for those seeking temporary relief from deportation. That's not stopping scam artists who prey on hopeful immigrants. From the story: "And that has authorities bracing for a wave of scams targeting people seeking legal advice. Not only can immigrants lose thousands of dollars in such schemes, but they can also put themselves at greater risk of deportation."

Rubio Backs Focus on Border Security Over Reversing Obama Orders - Bloomberg From the story: "Senator Marco Rubio said Republicans in Congress should focus more on strengthening U.S. border security and other immigration measures than on trying to overturn President Barack Obama’s orders easing deportations...Even so, Rubio said, 'I think we should try to prevent this new executive order from kicking in.'”