From the Arizona Star:
President Obama defended his deportation policies and said Republicans remain an obstacle to overhauling the immigration system to give undocumented immigrants a pathway to legal status.
Speaking to a conference of Latino leaders on Monday, Obama said that he and fellow Democrats are working to enact laws that would resolve the status of some 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.
But Republicans have been a stubborn barrier, he said.
Obama’s comments seemed aimed at defusing criticism that he has not done enough to change the nation’s immigration laws, a source of rising Latino anger. When he ran for office in 2008, Obama said he would deal with the issue in his first year. But that promise was deferred while the health-care overhaul got top priority and at this point, it’s doubtful he can pass a bill until after the 2012 elections.
Blaming GOP intransigence for the lack of action, Obama said, “I need a dance partner here – and the floor is empty.”
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