Republicans appear to be determined to block President Obama’s undocumented immigration executive actions and sources are saying that a House vote may come as early next week.
GOP House Leaders Meet with Colleagues to Discuss Changes
When they met on Thursday, House GOP leaders discussed building a consensus on a bill that would essentially defund Obama’s initiatives. According the newest budget deal, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will only be receiving funds through February 27th. Republicans want to use this deadline to prevent additional immigration spending.
In the Senate, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the new chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bill Thursday that would block funding for Obama’s immigration executive order. He said the measure would “stop unelected bureaucrats from using the dollars of hard working taxpayers to implement the president’s unconstitutional executive actions.”
Game Plan for New Legislation
These actions will undoubtedly result in yet another battle with the Obama administration, literally days after Congress fell under control of the Republicans. Members of both the Senate and House of Representatives are already pressing forward in legislation on the Keystone pipeline and ObamaCare, which the White House has vowed to veto.
President Obama has promised to fight to maintain the funding for his executive order on immigration, which would prevent millions of undocumented immigrants from being deported and allow them to remain in the U.S. to work or seek employment.
DHS Funding Concerns
Congressional members who are adamantly pushing the “defund” this immigration legislation will now have to contend with homeland security funding due to the recent terror attacks in Paris. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated Wednesday that not funding the DHS in a prompt manner could prevent the U.S. from stopping new, smaller scale terrorism attacks like what took place in France. Speaker of the House John Boehner asserted that his party would ensure funding was still provided to DHS for such initiatives.
Given the often difficult-to-navigate waters of government agency funding, Republicans are now drafting a bill that will change the law so that undocumented immigration related benefits and services would be subject to Congressional approval.
If you or someone you know would like legal counsel regarding President Obama’s executive order on immigration or need assistance on another type of immigration issue, please contact the immigration attorneys at Lyttle Law Firm in Austin, Texas by visiting our website or calling us today at 512-215-5225.