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Mark Krikorian: Shutdown Could Stop Obama on Immigration

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 07:52 PM

A partial government shutdown may be the way to stop President Barack Obama from enacting a huge amnesty bill for illegal immigrants, says Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.

"Clearly the administration is setting things in motion. The president has pretty much said he's going to [declare] amnesty on his own, lawlessly … after the elections so that the public doesn't get to have a say," Krikorian said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The problem is because [Republicans] shut the government down before and it cost them, politically, they're going to be gun shy. What I've suggested … [is] just take one piece of the budget out.

"[Take] one agency that nobody likes anyway and stick the funding measure onto that and say, if you don't sign this, this little piece of the government will shut down, not the whole government."

But Krikorian, a columnist for National Review, added that with the current GOP leadership, "the question is, is there the political will to do it? … I don't know that there is."

Still, Congress definitely has the power to stop a blanket amnesty bill, Krikorian says.

"Congress can stop anything it wants. That's why Congress is in Article 1 of the Constitution. The president is Article 2, the president works for Congress, basically, or at least he can only spend and do things if Congress permits him to do it," he said.

"If the Republicans take the Senate, they have the chance to pass a bill that says you're not allowed to use any funds to do this secret amnesty. The problem is the president would have to sign it."

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