Originally Posted by Yahoo News - via AP
Obama to pitch immigration at citizenship ceremony
The President cannot legally legislate without the cooperation of Congress (both houses). The question becomes why isn't the President attempting to bring the parties together on this issue? Immigration reform is widely accepted in both GOP and Democratic circles as requiring a comprehensive overhaul, yet Congress and the President seem to be caught up in petty "tit for tat" actions such as the Senate holding legislation from being brought to the floor which passed the House, and the House holding legislation passed by the Senate doing the same thing. The President has an opportunity to compromise and work with both, be the adult in the room, but chooses instead to go off on his own without Congress. The SCOTUS has shown that such actions have consequences and may be over turned in the future. By not working with Congress and negotiating a compromise the President furthers the political divide - the question is, to what end?