LAST November, as Barack Obama was delivering one of many speeches on immigration reform, a heckler shouted that the president "had the power to stop deportations for all." "Actually, I don't," replied a peeved Mr Obama, adding that he was obliged to follow the law of the land. But yesterday the president who has presided over more deportations than any other offered the biggest hint yet that just maybe, yes, he can.
In an 11-minute speech delivered outside the White House, Mr Obama acknowledged what has been clear to congressional observers for some time: that the prospects of the Republican-led House of Representatives passing an immigration-reform bill this year have dwindled to zero. Mr Obama chastised the Republicans for failing to take any sort of action on immigration a year after a bipartisan group of senators Continue reading