'President Barack Obama showed no signs of backing down from executive action on immigration reform on Wednesday, despite a Republican wave that ripped control of the U.S. Senate away from Democrats the night before.
"Before the end of the year, we're going to take whatever lawful actions that I can take," Obama told reporters at the White House, although he declined to offer specifics on what an executive order might look like.'
'Pelosi: Obama must stop deportations, allow entry to millions more illegal immigrants
In an op-ed published by Univisión, Pelosi, along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Luis Gutiérrez, called on Obama to legalize immigrants who would have benefited from a comprehensive immigration reform bill the U.S. Senate passed in 2013.
The trio of lawmakers said the president should go even further by permitting close relatives of citizens and lawful permanent residents to gain entry into the United States, and blocking the deportation of relatives who are here illegally.'
'But minutes after Mr. McConnell said in his own news conference that executive action on immigration this year would poison the well for bipartisan cooperation during the remainder of Mr. Obama's term, the president vowed that he would not back down from his promise to act on his own to overhaul the immigration system…
White House aides are bracing for calls from both parties for Mr. Obama to cancel or postpone plans to announce executive actions that would reshape the nation's immigration laws and provide the legal authority for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.'