President Obama on Tuesday amplified his threat to veto GOP efforts to undermine his executive actions easing deportations.
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But unlike years past, the president stopped short of using his annual State of the Union speech to press Congress hard for the comprehensive immigration reform legislation that’s been a campaign promise since 2008.

Indeed, Obama’s speech, as written, mentions “immigration” only twice in almost 6,500 words.

In the first instance, the president threatened to veto any GOP bill that rehashes “past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix” – a reference to recent Republican efforts to use legislation funding the Homeland Security Department selectively to undo his executive actions halting deportations for millions of illegal immigrants.