Republican National Chairman Reince Preibus is warning GOP legislators not to capitulate to President Barack Obama's threats to address illegal immigration by executive action, but to address the issue themselves in January.
"I just want to make sure that he doesn't use executive amnesty — which I believe is an illegal, false choice — in order to push some other type of amnesty that I don't believe is appropriate either," Priebus told Breitbart News.
Instead, the GOP should address only such issues as "a continuing resolution" and not make "major policy deals in a lame-duck [session of Congress] with people that have just been voted out of office," he said.
Priebus, 42, who is considering a third term as head of the Republican Party, made the comments in light of Obama's vow to use unilateral action to grant work permits or take other action to help as many as 11 million illegal immigrants.
House Speaker John Boehner said last week
that any such action would "poison the well" with Republicans on the issue, while Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will replace Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader when the new Congress convenes, likened it to "waving a red flag in front of a bull."
Before the election, Preibus said Republicans would do "everything we can" to stop Obama from issuing executive orders on immigration.
On the executive amnesty, Preibus told Breitbart that Republicans "ought to stop it at all costs and not allow the president to do it at all costs — either legislatively or through the courts — but, secondly, we not allow the president to use executive amnesty to bring us to the negotiation table," Priebus said.
"I think it's inappropriate, and it's wrong, and it's illegal."
More broadly, Priebus said Republicans need to quickly develop "an agenda that's achievable, that is true to the principles of this party, that can be done fairly quickly, so that people who voted for this Republican majority can be validated that they did the right thing and that there are some good, positive things happening in Washington."
"I think John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are very committed to that," he said.
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