GOP Braces for Obama Executive Action on Immigration

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 12:29 PM

By Melanie Batley and Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama will be taking a one-day break from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard to travel to Washington on Monday, prompting speculation about a possible announcement on immigration or a visit from a foreign leader.

The White House has so far denied any suggestions that the president may announce new executive orders to deal with the immigration crisis, according to The Hill.

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"[We are] not anticipating a major announcement on immigration when the president is in Washington," said spokesman Eric Schultz, according to The Hill. He added that the administration did not "anticipate any major significant news developments out of Washington those few days."

The statements have not stopped lawmakers from speculating that the president intends to make an imminent announcement on immigration, with the GOP issuing strong warnings about the consequences should he choose to act unilaterally.

"I'm very concerned that he might do that," Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth Thursday on Newsmax TV. "The information that I'm getting is that he was likely to, but now there's a sense that the timing of it might mean that he may be a little less or even on whether he does the stroke of his pen."

But if Obama "uses his pen to conduct the business of the United States Congress while we're out of session, it will bring about a Constitutional crisis," King said.

"The president doesn't command the Congress as a law," said King. "He needs to come and say, 'I'd like to have you pass this because I think it's good for the country', use his persuasive powers and not the intimidation powers."

If Obama does indeed us executive powers on immigration — including a declaration of immigrant amnesty — "Congress should go back into immediate special session to take this up," said King.

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Meanwhile, Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Wednesday that "recent developments suggest the president's planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope, according to the National Review Online.

"Recent developments suggest the president's planned executive amnesty could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope. House Democrat Leader Pelosi — clearly one of the White House's closest allies — has just urged the president to issue 'the broadest possible' executive actions," Sessions said.

"Open-borders groups have grown bolder and louder in their unlawful demands, launching a campaign for the president to 'go big,' and demanding that he 'stand up' to Congress and 'expand DACA,'" he added.

"It is chilling to consider now that these groups, frustrated in their aims by our Constitutional system of government, are plotting with the Obama administration to collect their spoils through executive fiat," he said.

Sessions said the Senate should vote on the House's measure that would stop Obama from expanding DACA or issuing work permits to illegal immigrants, and has urged voters to press their senators about voting against any excepted executive orders on immigration.

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