Republican Response to Obama’s Expected Immigration Actions

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Tonight at 8 p.m., President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plans to take action on immigration. But the speech won’t be on any of the major broadcast channels – ABC, NBC or CBS. NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith suspects that’s because the channels think the speech is going to be too political.

Univision and Telemundo will be airing the speech, though – and the former is delaying the Latin Grammys in order to do so.

Keith talks to Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about Republican responses to Obama’s expected action, and his follow-up speech at a Las Vegas high school on Friday.

Keith says Republicans’ arguments against executive action on immigration are mostly financial, but that these arguments don’t go very far, since Obama’s plan is expected to pay for itself, likely in the form of application fees.


This segment aired on November 20, 2014.


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