Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) says he supports President Obama’s forthcoming executive action on immigration reform because House lawmakers have passed up plenty of opportunities to act.
“Executive action is important, but it’s not a substitute for legislation, and the Speaker should know that,” Reid said. “This is about where Republicans stand with the immigrant community.”
The administration is expected to issue nearly 5 million worker visas to illegal immigrants, many of whom have children who are U.S. citizens. Democrats say the administration has no choice because the House failed to take up the Senate-passed immigration reform bill that provided a pathway to citizenship, increased visas and strengthened border security.
Reid’s speech was one of many Democrats delivered on the topic Wednesday.
Obama is expected to announce his plans in a national address Thursday night.