Obama Willing To Carve Immigration Bill Into Pieces

Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 12:34 Hrs
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Washington: In Thanksgiving spirit, President Barack Obama has indicated a willingness to split the new immigration legislation into pieces, if that will get it passed, as he rejected a plea by a heckler to stop deportations by executive fiat.

"That's okay," Obama said in a speech in San Francisco as he urged House Republicans to back new immigration legislation to resolve the issue of 11 million illegal immigrants, including nearly 300,000 Indians.

"It's Thanksgiving. We can carve that bird into multiple pieces - a drumstick here, breast meat there," he said.

But Obama also said a final package must include certain elements, including a proposed pathway to citizenship that has drawn opposition from Republicans.

"As long as all the pieces get done, soon, and we actually deliver on the core values we have been talking about for so long, I think everybody is fine with it," he said.

As Obama spoke, a young protester called for the president to halt the deportations of undocumented workers arguing "You have a power to stop deportations for all."

"Actually, I don't, and that's why we're here," Obama responded as the heckler and several others continued shouting, breaking out into a chant of "stop deportations!"

Source: IANS
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