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Obama stands behind decision to act on immigration despite GOP warnings

People rally for comprehensive immigration reform, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, outside of the White House. After the midterm elections immigration groups are pushing for executive action. A theme of the rally was ceasing deportation of parents who are in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

People rally for comprehensive immigration reform, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, outside of the White House. After the midterm elections immigration groups are pushing for executive action. A theme of the rally was ceasing deportation of parents who are in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama says he intends to issue an order easing the threat against deportation for immigrants in the country illegally.

He'd act despite warnings from Republican leaders that he would be poisoning the well with a newly elected GOP-controlled Congress.

Obama tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that even if he goes ahead, there still would be room for Congress to pass immigration legislation.

He says if Congress does act, it would take the place of whatever he puts into place by his own authority.

Obama is expected to issue an order before the end of the year.

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It's a step that incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner both warned against in postelection news conferences.

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