Thursday, November 13, 2014

Drawing Battlelines

The New York Times confirms FOX's earlier reporting about President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the House, rallies for executive supremacy.

Speaker Boehner is speaking out strongly against the president's rumored plans.  Mark Krikorian games out ways that the House could try to subvert the president's immigration power grab:
This is why the message of today’s editorial rejecting a long-term budget deal made in the lame duck is so important. Harry Reid will obviously not agree to any funding riders prohibiting Obama from issuing work permits to illegal aliens. Also, the Republican leadership has already said it’s not going to engineer another government shutdown. But in the next Congress, the House could pull out the Homeland Security budget (rather than fold it into an omnibus funding bill for the whole government) and attach the rider just to that, so when Obama vetoes it, only DHS will be subject to a “shutdown.” The reason for the quotation marks is that it won’t be much of a shutdown since law-enforcement components continue to function as “essential personnel,” including the Border Patrol, the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, ICE, and the TSA. In fact, the chief component of DHS that actually would be idled by a budget battle would be US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the very bureau that would have to implement Obama’s lawless amnesty.
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon has a very helpful round-up of the president's previous statements claiming that he lacks authority to take unilateral executive action on immigration.

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