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Dem Rep. Clyburn Compares GOP Opposition to Amnesty to Pro-Slavery Segregationism

Facing emboldened Republican opposition to President Obama’s unilateral amnesty, a top Democratic leader is invoking race to help explain his colleagues’ resistance to executive action.

South Carolina congressman and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn reacted on Friday to House speaker John Boehner’s promise to fight “tooth and nail” against any White House push for illegal-immigrant amnesty.

“I would simply say to Mr. Boehner, it would not be the first time that the Congress has fought the president tooth and nail for doing the right thing for the country,” Clyburn told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “We all know . . . what a fight Lincoln had with Congress over the question of slavery. What a fight we had over integrating the armed services.”

“This issue of immigration is just as important to this country as integrating the armed services was back in the 1940s,” the Democratic lawmaker said. “So I say to the president, have at it. Get your pen, sign the executive order, and let them do what they will or may.”

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