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Monday, March 4, 2024

Showdown coming on Obama’s immigration actions

A Texas National Guardsman exits an observation tower in Hidalgo, Texas, on Thursday.  (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)
A Texas National Guardsman exits an observation tower in Hidalgo, Texas, on Thursday.
(AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)

House Republicans plan to vote next week to block spending for President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, setting up a potentially explosive showdown with no certain outcome.

The vote will come as the House considers legislation to keep the Department of Homeland Security running past February. Lawmakers said the goal is to keep the agency running on full funding — an especially critical goal in the wake of the Paris terror attacks — but to stop Obama’s immigration actions from taking effect.

Obama’s directives in November gave temporary relief from deportation to about 4 million immigrants in the country illegally, along with permits allowing them to work legally in the U.S. His move infuriated Republicans after their midterm election victories, and they vowed to retaliate once they assumed full control of Congress this week.

“We are not going to allow taxpayer dollars to be used to fund those unlawful orders,” said Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., who is among a group of lawmakers who’ve been meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to develop their response.

Yet it’s unclear whether a House bill blocking funding for Obama’s move would clear the Senate, where Republicans are six votes short of the 60-vote majority needed to advance most measures. And it could face a veto threat from Obama.

That leaves the end game uncertain. But by starting the process in early January, House Republicans say they are giving themselves plenty of time to figure that out before Homeland Security funding expires at the end of February.

“The main goal is to fund DHS and make it clear that there are no funds, including the funds that are fee-based, for the president’s illegal actions,” said Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. “We fully expect to get the president to sign it and we’re going to use every bit of leverage we’ve got to get him to do so.”

The coming clash on immigration was teed up late last year when Republicans kept the Homeland Security Department on a short leash while funding the rest of the government for a full year. Republicans figured they’d be better positioned to respond to Obama’s move when they returned to Washington in control of the Senate as well as the House.

Yet Obama’s veto pen gives him as much leverage as ever, and it remains unclear whether Republicans will ultimately be able to stop his immigration moves.

It also remains to be seen whether House Republicans will unite around the measure once it’s finalized. In past immigration debates, tea party-backed conservatives have pushed for tougher language than that embraced by leadership. McCarthy has included conservatives in his deliberations, and at least one hardliner, Rep. Steve King of Iowa, sounded satisfied Thursday with the direction the legislation was taking.

But an outside conservative commentator, Daniel Horowitz of the Conservative Review, wrote that the House must go beyond blocking Obama’s recent executive steps and also eliminate an earlier program that granted deportation reprieves and work permits to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.

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6 thoughts on “Showdown coming on Obama’s immigration actions”


  2. “We are not going to allow taxpayer dolars to be used to fund those unlawful orders”

    Evidently, martha roby has no idea what she’s talking about. I bet you that most of the 4-5 million illegal immigrants who will benefit from obama’s deportation relief are also paying taxes just for the simple fact that they wanted to do things right. Yes, they broke the law but we are not talking about criminals here. Most of these people are, if not parents of legal young immigrants, are also moms and dads of american citizens who deserve to be here and live their lives in the US. Please also ponder on this..a lot of these illegal immigrants are taking care of your family and loved ones when they end up in a Care facility, not to mention the ones working in the farms and hotels. I’m talking out of experience and I’ve seen hundreds of elderly people, retired veterans and even some influencial individuals being sent to care facilities and who are willing to take care of them.??..of course these illegal immigrants. So before you even judge these people and treat them like criminals, think about what they’ve contributed to this country and what they can do in the future to make this country’s economy better.

    Danny Adams is right. Obama’s actions are not illegal, in fact it’s not giving amnesty to illegal immigrants just like what former REPUBLICAN president reagan did decades ago. So I think Boehner and the rest of the GOP don’t even have a clue on how the US will benefit from Obama’s actions. These illegal immigrants will each pay a fee and will of course be paying taxes, by the way this also includes back taxes. So I think the US will still make some money in that regard.

  3. I have decided not to pay any taxes until this lawless administrations actions are thwarted. It may not be much but if everyone who believes these executive actions to be wrong on so many levels did the same thing, it might make a difference. Our ancestors were willing to sacrifice alot for the betterment of the people and the country. We don’t deserve anything but crap if we don’t atand up the same way. After that it’ll be armed rebellion.

  4. ““We are not going to allow taxpayer dollars to be used to fund those unlawful orders,” said Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.”

    Except they’re not illegal. They have several decades of precedence – including the president having mass amnesty power through the presidential pardon.

    Now, whether or not one should be troubled that it IS legal is another matter entirely.

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