GOP Senators Urge Obama to Hold off on Immigration


immThe three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation that remains stalled in Congress are calling on President Barack Obama not to use executive action to shield millions of people from deportation.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida wrote to Obama on Thursday urging him not to act and warning that unilateral action would undermine efforts to overhaul the immigration system.

Obama has said he would act after next week’s midterm elections. That’s a delay from an earlier promise to move during the summer.

The three senators were members of the so-called Gang of Eight that worked for months on a bill to increase border security and provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living here illegally.