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House Judiciary Committee Hearing Will Focus on Obamacare, Touch on Immigration

The hearing next Tuesday will focus on the employer-mandate delay, the one-year administrative fix on canceled health plans, and the contraceptive mandate.(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Elahe Izadi
November 26, 2013

Get ready for another Obamacare hearing, folks.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday titled "The President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws," focusing mostly on the employer-mandate delay, the one-year administrative fix on canceled health plans, and the contraceptive mandate.

But the hearing, which has been in the works for some time, will also touch on enforcement of immigration and drug laws by the administration, according to a committee aide. It will come a week after an immigration speech by President Obama was interrupted by a heckler yelling, "You have the power to stop all deportations!"

 

The president responded, "Actually, I don't."

Obama went on to say that taking unilateral executive action to stop all deportations would "violate our laws" and called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Some advocates within the immigration movement think he does have that authority, and have called upon the administration to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to adults and the parents of undocumented children. Under the program announced last year, legal action against certain undocumented young people can be deferred for two years.

Over the summer, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Safe Act, which makes unlawful presence in the U.S. a federal crime.

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