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Republicans vow to fight 'illegal' Obama immigration plan

Members of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles watch November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, as US President Barack Obama delivers his nationally televised announcement on immigration reformRepublican reaction was swift and savage Thursday to President Barack Obama’s unilateral plan to bring millions of undocumented non-citizens out of the shadows and make them eligible for work permits. “That’s just not how our democracy works,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement released minutes after the White House unveiled details of Obama’s plan, which lifts the threat of deportation for up to five million people living in the shadows. Republicans, many of whom hammer as “amnesty” any plan to legalize non-citizens who broke the law to get to the United States, have spent weeks considering ways they might be able to block Obama’s executive order. “I will try to defund the effort for him to go it alone,” warned Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican who helped craft landmark immigration reform legislation last year that passed the Senate but failed in the Republican-run House of Representatives.

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