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Out of the shadows, ‘having a good time,’ says Reid of immigrants aided by Obama

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters, Nov. 13, 2014, after Senate Democrats voted on leadership positions for the 114th Congress. From left are, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Reid.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters, Nov. 13, 2014, after Senate Democrats voted on leadership positions for the 114th Congress. From left are, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Reid. AP

The Senate returned to work Monday with a rousing defense of President Barack Obama’s immigration order from Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“For many families across America, this Thanksgiving was particularly unique and special because of President Obama’s recent executive actions,” the Nevada Democrat said in his opening remarks. “Many immigrant families celebrated the holiday together for the first time without the threat of someone knocking on their door in a police uniform.”

A week before Thanksgiving, Obama appeared on prime time national televison to announce he would act to protect millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally from being deported.

“These people now, instead of staying in the shadows, are having a good time,” Reid said. “Their holiday is not threatened to be ruined.”

And instead of “looking over their shoulder,” he said, “they joyously revel in the time they can spend with their loved ones.”

That view is hardly universal. Congress is expected to engage in a terse debate over the next few weeks about the policy.

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