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On immigration, Obama does what the GOP won't

President Barack Obama's announcement last night that he is using his executive authority to shield millions of immigrants from deportation in order to focus enforcement on dangerous and violent criminals touched off howls from Republicans before he even revealed it. But what the president is doing not only appears to be constitutional but is, if anything, overdue and in line with what most Americans support.

For good or bad, this is not amnesty nor is it comprehensive immigration reform. Rather, it is a commitment that this administration is not going to deport certain undocumented individuals, including those who have lived and worked in this country for a significant period of...