Obama debates protestors at immigration rally
While speaking at a pro-immigration reform rally in California, President Barack Obama was interrupted by a group of young protestors who demanded he issue an executive order stopping all deportations.
"Mr. President, please use your executive authority to halt deportations!" yelled one protestor in the midst of Obama's remarks. "We agree that we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but at the same time, you have the power to stop deportations!"
"Actually, I don't," Obama said. "And that's why we're here."
"Stop deportations! Yes, we can!" other protestors began to yell in response.
Obama, who requested the protestors not be escorted from the event, said he respected the interrupters' passion. But, he said, he couldn't simply stop all deportations, even if he wanted to.
"What you need to know, when I'm speaking as president of the United States and I come to this community, is that if in fact I could solve all of these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so," Obama said. "But we're also a nation of laws. That's part of our tradition."