NOTE: In the video below, Obama states that the “number of apprehensions” are down — Does not mention that the border patrol have orders NOT to apprehend people crossing the borders –VC
Another government shutdown threatened over Obama executive action on immigration that the GOP expects will grant ‘amnesty’ to millions of illegals
Republicans and Democrats alike are bracing for the possibility of another government shutdown if President Barack Obama follows through on executive actions that insiders expect will grant new legal status to millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.
Iowa Republican Steve King told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday that when Congress gathers to pass a continuing resolution that would keep the government running past Dept. 30, ‘all bets are off’ if Obama grants an amnesty.
‘If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions,’ he said, ‘I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear.’
‘I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that.’
More trouble: Texas Governor Rick Perry said a week ago that he wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Islamist militants from the ISIS terror group have been slipping into the US through its border with Mexico
Obama’s goal had been to announce his decision around Labor Day, before leaving on a trip next week to Estonia and Wales. But a host of national security crises have pushed the announcement back, likely until after Obama returns, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.
Obama’s actions will almost surely be challenged in court.
‘Any potential executive action the president takes will be rooted in a solid legal foundation,’ White House spokesman Shawn Turner said.
Obama may have undermined his case because he has insisted time and again that he’s the president, not the king, and ‘can’t just make the laws up by myself.’ In a 2012 interview with Telemundo, he defended his decision to defer deportations for children but said he couldn’t go any bigger.
‘If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that’s not an option,’ he said then.
Republicans are hinting that they will also consider legal action to thwart what they’ve denounced as a violation of the separation of powers. House Speaker John Boehner, in a conference call this month with GOP House members, accused Obama of ‘threatening to rewrite our immigration laws unilaterally.’
‘If the president fails to faithfully execute the laws of our country, we will hold him accountable,’ Boehner said, according to an individual who participated in the call.
The House already has passed legislation to block Obama from expanding DACA and, through its power of the purse, could attempt to cut off the funds that would be needed to implement the expansion.
House Republicans could also consider widening or amending their existing lawsuit against Obama over his health care law, a case that both parties have suggested could be a prelude to impeachment proceedings.