Shaheen, Ayotte Split On Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Nov 21, 2014

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are split on President Obama’s executive order on immigration preventing nearly five million people in the country illegally from being deported.

During a visit to Portsmouth Friday, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said there’s legal precedent for the president’s action.

But Shaheen said there’s more to work to be done.

“I think Congress needs to act. That’s the way to address this issue and to get it done in a way that addresses our border security and addresses our visa system – all of the aspects of immigration.”

In a statement, Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte came down harshly on the president, saying the order circumvents Congress and makes it more difficult to reform the immigration system.