Boehner Defends House GOP Immigration Lawsuit

Alexandra Jaffe, CNN, January 29, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday confirmed House Republicans are filing a lawsuit against Obama’s executive action delaying deportations for millions of immigrants here illegally.

“The President’s overreach when he took executive action to deal with the immigration problems in our country, frankly, in my view, is a violation of our Constitution,” he said in an interview on Fox News.

“This isn’t about immigration,” he said. “This is the President violating the Constitution, violating his oath of office, and frankly, not upholding the rule of law.”

Boehner had told House Republicans of the planned lawsuit during their closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

The move comes as House leadership struggles to round up support for a border security bill they planned to vote on this week, in part due to conservative opposition. Conservatives have expressed frustration that leadership hasn’t done enough to oppose Obama’s unilateral action on immigration.

Boehner insisted during the interview that the bill will ultimately pass.

But while the lawsuit may help quell some of those complaints, it’s unlikely to ultimately have much impact on deportations. Boehner turned to a similar tactic on Obamacare, bringing a lawsuit against the administration for delaying the employer mandate that remains stalled in court.


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  • dd121

    Since we no longer have a government of law, I wonder, in a showdown if the Army would take the orders of Obama or Boehener?

    • Why do you think Obama is forcing a bunch of long tenure generals into retirement? To save money?

      • dd121

        I’ve read that Obama’s purged more officers than Stalin.

    • IstvanIN

      Hopefully neither.

  • 1. Even if the judge finds against Obama, Obama has a history of ignoring Federal court rulings against him. Because, he controls the military and Federal law enforcement, the pen and phone.

    2. No, Orange Man, the issue IS immigration, not the President violating a document that is now for all intents and purposes dead.

  • Greg Thomas

    If he really believed this, he would be drawing up an article of impeachment.

  • Dave West

    Where was the GOP when Reagan pulled this crap back in 1986? As always this is going to be took little to late. Not to mention these same “conservatives” who are blabbering about illegal aliens would have no problem if the brown wave came legally.

  • MekongDelta69

    When it comes to Bone-Head, I don’t believe anything he says.

    I’ll believe it, when I see it.

    • IstvanIN

      He isn’t trustworthy.

  • Luca

    What a bold, strong, sensible action (not). This will be held up in the courts for at least a decade.

  • SentryattheGate

    WE have to keep up the pressure on Congress, after all, politicians want to be re-elected (for those prime health and retirement benefits). What issue can be more important than our homeland, our culture!!! All other issues are just housekeeping. Contact your Congressmen.

    • John Jackson

      Sadly, they know that no matter how much “conservatives” complain, when it comes election day they’ll all go in their and pull the lever for the person with an “R” next to their name no matter how terrible they are.

  • maxsnafu

    Who does Boehner think he’s kidding? He has NO problem with what Obama did. His problem, so he says, is with the way Obama did it.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes…Boehner is upset that this executive order did not allow the GOP to get their rubber stamp on “reform.” Boehner wants the illegal invading mexicans to believe the GOP is inclusive.

  • TomIron361

    boehner’s nothing but a snake in the grass…

  • IstvanIN

    There should be no such thing as executive orders other than an emergent situation, like Pearl Harbor, and even then the order should have an automatic expiration date without Congressional action.

    • LexiconD1

      Obama would show his worse, true colors, during those times.

  • libertarian1234

    If he wins the court case, it will be too late to declare these people illegal, so what’s the point?

    Sheriff Joe’s maneuver to get an injunction freezing the order until the case can be decided is the best tactic to use.

  • archer

    I’ll believe it when it happens.