House Votes To Roll Back Obama’s Immigration Order

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According to breaking reports Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution overturning Barack Obama’s executive action granting deferred deportation for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as children.

The amendment was included in a larger bill aimed at funding the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the year.

Prior to the vote, House Speaker John Boehner explained that his party’s opposition to the executive action on immigration is not based on partisan disagreements–but a desire to uphold the Constitution.

“We do not take this action lightly,” he said, “but simply there is no alternative. It’s not a dispute between the parties or even between the branches of our government. This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the Constitution itself.”

The bill is now set to be presented for a Senate vote, where supporters will face an uphill battle for passage.

Even with a majority in the new session, the 54 Senate Republicans would need the help of at least six Democrats to pass the bill.

Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said he is confident members of the other chamber are “not going to pass this bill.”

Some reports indicate senators might take out the immigration amendment and return the funding bill to the House for approval ahead of next month’s deadline.

h/t: Fox News

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Is Barack Obama Melting Down?

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Barack Obama is melting down. Desperate to leave a positive legacy, he is beside himself and grasping at straws. With popularity polls at an all time low and virtually no one approving of how he is doing his job, he is doing an end run around the U.S. Constitution by ramrodding through executive orders and executive actions to implement his policies.

But even this is failing as the courts are blocking his attempt at slam-dunking an amnesty of illegal immigrants.

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Boehner Just Broke A Promise To Americans, And It Will Have Obama Grinning From Ear To Ear

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Since he became Speaker of the House, John Boehner has made many promises – one of which involved giving House Members ample time to read bills before they were passed.

Well, he just abandoned his pledge…

The House of Representatives is getting dangerously close to voting on the passage of a gigantic, trillion-dollar spending package – and the bill hasn’t even been presented yet!

Indeed, the bill makes the Oxford comprehensive dictionary look like a small paperback; yet members of Congress will likely have less than 24 hours to digest the information and make an “informed” decision.

Come crunch time, will members be tempted to bypass reading the bill before voting?

Congress in a Tight Squeeze?

At the time of this writing, the bill was scheduled to be released on Monday or Tuesday; and a vote will be held today. Nobody will have time to read what they’re voting on. Hundreds of Republican Members have repeatedly promised to read bills before they vote. Any voting for this bill will break that promise.

I wish I could tell you exactly how long the bill is, but we don’t know the exact page count. We also don’t know the total dollar amount, or which programs will be cut and added.

But here’s what we do know: Boehner has once again put Congress between a rock and a hard place – pretty much turning its members’ hands to let the bill slide through legislation.

You see, legislation is a messy business in the best of times; and Boehner’s stewardship has made it worse. Conservative budget hawk Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas explained Boehner’s moves this way: “Here we are doing the appropriations bill the last couple days” before a government shutdown, and “that’s not to squeeze Harry Reid. That’s to squeeze us.”

Plain and simple, Boehner is putting the hammer to anyone trying to limit government spending and foster fiscal responsibility. After all, his main objective is to deliver Barack Obama a spending plan to his liking. And he’s made it clear that the Republicans in his caucus need to toe the Obama line.

At least conservatives are seeing Boehner’s actions for exactly what they are…

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina told the publication, The Hill, why Boehner is pushing so hard and punishing dissenters that don’t go along: “They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there? I think it’s aimed at screwing over the American people. You can quote me on that.”

The Fine Print Spells “Failure”

Instead of putting strong language in the bill against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action that would guarantee Republican support, Boehner is counting on Democrats to help him pass this massive piece of legislation.

And since it funds all of Barack Obama’s legislative priorities from Obamacare to a Homeland Securities Immigration rewrite, Nancy Pelosi has signaled (like Harry Reid) that she will provide votes to Boehner to get the job done.

Think about it: Why is Boehner doing the work of his political opponent? And, furthermore, why is Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid so excited to help John Boehner violate his previous pledges?

You see, lame-duck sessions of Congress are notorious for being when the Washington power elite get most of their dirty work done. Members who know they’ll be out of a job come January are only too happy to ingratiate themselves with the powers’ structure and vote for bills they otherwise would reject if they had to face the voters again.

It’s a very poor situation; John Boehner should be ashamed. And Republicans supporting this spending plan should face primary opponents in two years.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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Greg Abbott: Texas Leading Lawsuit Against Obama Because Of ‘Greater Harm’ To Constitution, Not Immigration

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Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott, currently the state’s Attorney General, is leading a lawsuit with 19 other states to put a halt to the executive order President Obama issued allowing millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

Abbott was on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd to discuss this lawsuit and began by answering Todd’s question as to how he is going to be able to quantify the harm from Obama’s executive action.

“You all saw more than a 1,000 people crossing our border each and every day,” Abbott said. “Texas has come out of pocket to the tune of more than $100 million in law enforcement, education and healthcare because of what has happened.”

“And understand this, the president’s agencies’ memos themselves have indicated that there will be more problems like this resulting from the next presidential order or the most recent presidential order,” Abbott added.

After being asked how many of those illegals have been deported, Abbott responded by saying that there are still plenty in the state of Texas–and that Texas is footing the bill.

“I don’t know the raw number [of those deported], all I do know is the absolute fact, and that is Texas has incurred tax payer dollars out of pocket as a result of the prior executive order,” Abbott said.

“It’s also been stated by members of the Obama administration that this new executive order will lead to same results.”

Todd tried to make an economic argument about the state of Texas, saying that some analysts have estimated that if all illegal immigrants were to be deported, Texas would have an “economic crash.”

“We’re not suing for that economic harm, it’s the way that Texas has been impacted that gives us standing,” Abbott responded.

“What we’re suing for is actually the greater harm. And that is harm to the Constitution by empowering the President of the United States to enact legislation on his own, without going through Congress.”

H/T CNS News

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The House Just Fought Back Against Obama By Attacking His Amnesty Order In A Major Way

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In a vote of 219 to 197, Republicans and a select group of Democrats passed a bill that would render Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration null and void. Obama has faced significant criticism for taking the unilateral action that, once enacted, will allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

While the House vote reflects that disapproval, it is largely recognized as an ultimately hollow attempt to censure Obama for his unprecedented action.

The bill is expected to die in the Senate; and even if it were to pass, the possibility of a presidential veto is high. Conservative legislators continue to explore ways to earnestly reverse the order, though there is plenty of division within the ranks. Some believe that using the power of the purse to force a government shutdown is the most immediate and effective way to achieve that result, while others urge patience through waiting until the new, Republican-led Congress takes control.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has taken a different track, calling on fellow Republicans to block any nonessential Obama nominee until the effects of the immigration order are eliminated.

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