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Mike Rogers: Obama Prudent To Hold Off on Executive Action

By    |   Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 01:55 PM

President Barack Obama was "prudent" to delay enacting an executive action on immigration reform until after the November election, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday.

"This is such an emotional issue all across America," Rogers told CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley. "I think that was wise. He needs to work with Congress on this."

Obama was roundly slammed Saturday by lawmakers from both political parties, as well as Latino and immigration activists, but Rogers said the issue with immigration isn't only about amnesty for the millions of people in the country illegally, but a much wider issue — the security of the southern border.

"That southern border has become a national security issue, a public health issue for the
United States, and certainly a local security issue," Rogers said. "All of those things need to be, I think, addressed. The best way to do that is do it in a cooperative effort with Congress ... I think you will get a much better product, a secure border, and we can move forward."

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Obama's decision to delay executive action came after vulnerable Democrats seeking reelection asked him to put a hold on an order. Rogers believes it was a political action, because Obama understands "how unpopular that decision would be with Americans."

And it would not be the right decision for Obama to take executive action at all, said Rogers.

"I hope he doesn't do it after the election," said Rogers. "I think at least he postponed it at this point. There are lots of implications here for national security, local security, public health security, costs of education."

Instead, Rogers believes that lawmakers can create a bill that both secures the border and makes Americans comfortable with legislation.

It would also be risky for Obama's credibility if he uses executive action to push through immigration reform, said Rogers.

"He already has a bit of a credibility crisis," he said. "I think it would make a long two years' remainder in his presidency."'

Meanwhile, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told Crowley that she believes an executive order on immigration will be challenged legally, and that the Senate has already spent months on its immigration bill, and "it's a good bill."

"All the House would have to do is pass one part of that bill," she said. "We could conference it, work out the differences, and we would have an immigration bill which would be strong." But Feinstein sidestepped questions about whether Obama's decision was politically motivated.

"I'm of the opinion that the way this should be done is legislatively, because anything else will be challenged, and probably will not be nearly the bill that is actually needed to solve the problems," she told Crowley.

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