GOP Prepares Legislative Assault to Stop Obama on Immigration

Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos, The Hill, January 9, 2015

The House plans to vote next week on legislation that would defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Republicans also plan to include language rolling back a 2012 order from the Obama administration that gave legal status to illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

The two measures would be considered as part of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September. An earlier government-funding measure approved last month only funded that agency through February.

The legislation is meant as an opening salvo against Obama’s move in November to give legal status to as many as 4.5 million illegal immigrants.

The GOP-led House Appropriations Committee unveiled the base spending bill for DHS on Friday afternoon. The bill will hit the House floor on Tuesday or Wednesday, along with three amendments.

One of those amendments, from Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), would defund Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Mulvaney said Republicans debated in a closed-door meeting Friday morning whether to focus solely on Obama’s move to shield illegal immigrants from deportation, or whether to attack the president’s policies on multiple fronts.

Some more moderate, swing-district Republicans “wanted the rifle shot, . . . maybe didn’t want to muddy the waters,” Mulvaney said. “But there were other voices in the room who said they wanted a chance to get at DACA, to get at the Morton memos” that relaxed some immigration laws in 2011.

Language nullifying the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals Program (DACA), introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) last summer, will be offered as a separate amendment on the floor.


Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), House Appropriations Committee chairman, said he was “very, very thrilled” that the bill will defund “amnesty.” He said the proposal takes into account that the Citizenship and Immigration Services is not funded through congressional appropriations, but through user fees.

“It takes a change in law, which this bill would do, that allows the Congress to say that these fees cannot be used,” said Rogers, who added how important it is to keep DHS funded after the latest terrorist attack in Paris.

“We want to send a bill to the president that defunds his amnesty program, but also very importantly funds the Department of Homeland Security–the Coast Guard, TSA, the Border Patrol, the ICE teams, the Secret Service. It’s a very dangerous time. I would wonder whether or not the president would have real deep misgivings about not signing a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security.”


Even if the funding bill passed in the House, it’s unclear whether Senate Republicans would be able to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a likely Democratic filibuster.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said earlier this week the upper chamber would consider DHS funding in February, which could cause a time-crunch if the legislation is bounced back and forth between both houses.


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  • Easyrhino

    The GOP is no better than the party of Obama when it comes to illegal immigration. Bush in his eight years in DC did absolutely nothing to shore up the border which only encouraged more illegals.

    • See The Future

      Also, it is not the one that votes, but the one that counts the votes!

      It really does not matter, it is going to go the way the powerful want.

    • Realist

      Yes, the rich want cheap labor. It has been that way forever. This country was built on it.

  • dd121

    My feeling is that the Republicans will do a little immigration posturing for a spell, then join with the Dems to open the floodgates. We’ll see.

    • Robert Smith

      That’s been the game for 50 years. Complain, compromise, capitulate. It’s the American political hamster wheel.

      • The Three Cs, I’m going to remember that.

  • MekongDelta69

    Yeah, ok.

    Suuuuure they will…

  • JohnEngelman

    I hope they succeed.

    I doubt they will.

    I doubt they care.

    More immigrants mean lower wages, higher prices, and higher profits.

    • WR_the_realist

      If the Republicans grow some stones and pass the bill you can be sure your man Obama will veto it.

    • DonReynolds

      The RINO Republican Liberals would sell their birthright (and yours) for a bowl of mush. The only morality they believe in is whether they can make money doing it. If they can make money with coolie labor, it cannot be wrong (to them).

      We need to get serious about boycotting those firms that hire illegal aliens. Only then will they reconsider and only then because of their lost trade.

    • RationaliseThis

      ……,higher profits

      For a short while.

  • Capn Dad

    I believe they will defund it, close the borders and put troops on it to defend the US, and deport all these millions of illegals in the country. Oops. I just pinched myself and woke up. It was all a dream. Damn.

    • See The Future

      Had me going there for a second…………lol

    • TheMaskedUnit

      I thought you were talking about the rebellion.

  • kenfrombayside

    Re Immigration. If you say or do nothing about this criminal third world invasion, you are part of the problem. Keep in contact with your elected reps; consistently go to the polls and vote against the true enemy of the white race: the Democratic Party; do your own gardening, don’t eat out and do your own laundry; go to numbersusa and join other organization that advocate a reduction in immigration. Make no mistake, this third world assault is a form of genocide against America’s white.

    • See The Future

      Sit back, enjoy your favorite refreshment and watch the show.

  • DonReynolds

    It stands to reason if Obama does not consider existing Federal law to be anything more than a strongly worded suggestion, and he feels empowered to alter, ignore, or disregard what the law requires… new law will make a bit of difference. Besides, any new law not to his liking would simply be dumped with a veto. But the good news is… amount of veto will spend one dollar of Federal funds (legally) and if he expropriates funds from the treasury without Congressional authorizatioin, he could rightly be accused of embezzlement. Maybe that is what it will take to bring Obama to his Waterloo.

    • See The Future

      The GOP will conduct itself in a manner necessary to ensure a Democratic victory in the 2016 election.

    • TheMaskedUnit

      … if there was an opposition party, BIG if.

  • At this point, talking about immigration as legislation is pointless, because of Obama’s pen and phone. Until we see either impeachment or budget hardball, the “there’s no difference” crowd is going to be closer to assessing the truth than the “yay red team” crowd.

  • newscomments70

    They are just posturing. They will deliberately fail and say, “Hey, we tried. There’s nothing more we can do. Sorry. Vote for me.”

  • TheMaskedUnit

    Oh God! Every time the GOP “withholds funding” the national debt jumps a trillion or three.

  • It’s not answering the question because the question is moot because it’s based on an obsolete premise, that being legislation is necessary for immigration amnesty and open immigration.

  • Vyncennt

    If the President can pass legislation, or what passes as legislation, without the consent of Congress….


    …Congress cannot pass legislation without the approval of the president…

    …how exactly do the Republicans plan on addressing this issue?

  • Okay, if that’s the question, then it will be answered by how the Congressional Republican leadership respond to Obama’s pen and phone. And the right answers are either impeachment or budget hardball. If they don’t do either one of these things or both, then we know that it’s all theatrics and kabuki theater.

  • See The Future

    Obama is a proven traitor to the American people. He is on the way out but before he goes he intends to do as much damage as is possible.

    The legal means are there to remove him. It only takes political will.