Tags: Barack Obama | Immigration | spending bill | shutdown | amnesty | illegals

Senate Dems to Obama: First, Spending Bill, Then Amnesty Order

By    |   Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:00 AM

President Barack Obama has a difficult decision to make about when to announce his upcoming executive order to stop deportations of illegal immigrants in the United States — a decision that is all but certain to upset some of his most important political allies.

Senate Democrats want the president to delay an executive order until after passage of an omnibus spending bill during the current lame-duck session of Congress.

There is bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill that if Obama issues the order now, he runs the risk of jeopardizing passage of critical spending bills and Senate confirmation of backlogged presidential nominees.

But immigration advocacy groups are telling Obama that he must act right away.

Immigrants are "losing faith that the president is going to do as he said he would do," said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Obama will "lose support from the Latino community if he continues to wait," Wilkes told The Hill.

But Senate Democrats say that pressing ahead would be a mistake.

"The president has said he's going to do the executive action. The question is when. It's up to him," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week. "But I'd like to get the finances of this country out of the way before he does it."

The Nevada Democrat added that he had made his views known to President Obama, Reuters reported.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, a close Reid ally, has spent months crafting an omnibus spending bill and does not want it derailed by an executive order on immigration.

She is “laser-focused” on keeping the bill moving forward, a Democratic aide told The Hill.

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, outgoing chairman of the Homeland Security Committee,  said Obama should wait until next year to issue the executive order. (The Homeland Security panel has jurisdiction over the immigration enforcement agencies that would be affected by the executive order.)

Carper told The Hill that Obama should set a deadline for congressional action on immigration for early 2015, and issue an executive order on deportations if Congress failed to act during the first quarter of the year.

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President Obama must decide when to announce his planned executive order to stop deportations of illegal immigrants - a decision that is all but certain to upset some of his most important political allies.
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:00 AM
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