Nov. 25 - U.S. President Barack Obama says it's up to House Republicans to move forward with immigration by either supporting a Senate immigration bill, or using a piecemeal approach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said it is up to House Republicans to move forward with immigration reform, whether it's supporting the Senate immigration bill or by taking a piecemeal approach. "Right now it's up to the Republicans in the House to decide if we can move forward as a country on this bill," Obama said. "If they don't want to see it happen, they got to explain why." The president said that just a week ago House Speaker John Boehner said he was hopeful that progress would be made on immigration reform. Obama said it is fine with him if some House Republicans preferred a piecemeal approach. "That's ok, it's Thanksgiving. We could carve that bird into multiple pieces," Obama said. Obama was interrupted by a person in the audience who called for the president to use his executive power to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Obama said if was able to do so, he would, but the president said he needed congress to pass bills to enact substantial reform.