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Democrats: No bluff, Obama will go it alone on immigration
The Hill ^ | 6/26/2014 | Mike Lillis

Posted on 06/27/2014 3:13:54 AM PDT by markomalley

The Obama administration is "not bluffing" in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don't act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.

President Obama has delayed any potential changes to his deportation policy to allow House GOP leaders time to bring legislation to the floor this summer. But if the Republicans don't act in July, the Democrats say, unilateral changes by Obama are inevitable.

"We're at the end of the line," Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. "We're not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.

"Their first job is to govern," Menendez added, "and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions."

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that a year has passed since the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support, he urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring a similar bill to the floor.

"I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today," Durbin said. "And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration."

The remarks come a day after Boehner announced his intent to push legislation allowing the House to sue Obama for what the Republicans say is a habitual inclination to overstep his constitutional authority.

"When there is a failure on the part of the president to faithfully execute the law, the House has the authority to challenge this failure," Boehner wrote Wednesday in a memo to House lawmakers.

Boehner did not name specific examples of alleged overreach, but Republicans have long been up in arms over Obama's 2012 program allowing some high-achieving illegal immigrants brought to the United States as kids to stay in the country and work without fear of deportation.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Democrat in the upper chamber, said Boehner and other Republican critics of Obama's executive actions have "a very good antidote" for their fears: "Put a bill on the floor."

"He's, like, shooting his parents and then throwing himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan," Schumer said. "Pass a bill, and that won't happen.

"If they don't bring any bill to the floor, the president has no choice — on a humanitarian basis and on a policy basis — to act where he can on his own," Schumer added.

Boehner on Tuesday said the current influx of immigrant children across the southern border will only make it tougher to pass legislation this year. The Speaker blamed Obama for the crisis.

"The president's making this harder and harder every day for us to try to deal with this in a responsible way," Boehner told reporters in the Capitol. "We've got a humanitarian disaster on the border. Most of it, at the president's own making, in my opinion, and so it makes our jobs much more difficult because of the actions he's taken or not taken with regard to the border."

Some immigration reformers have been hopeful that the recent shake-up in Republican leadership, which will have Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) soon replacing Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the majority leader spot, could lead to action on immigration reform this year.

But McCarthy on Sunday seemed to throw cold water on that notion, telling Fox News that he plans to do "nothing about immigration until we secure the borders" — a sharp change from January, when he promoted "legal status" for illegal immigrants "that will allow you to work and pay taxes" without fear of deportation.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that he spoke with McCarthy on Wednesday, urging the incoming majority leader to bring an immigration bill to the floor.

Hoyer did not reveal McCarthy's response.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens; dictator; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration; invasion; tyranny
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To: markomalley
All these Amnesty pushers want is to exploit these people. How sicking is that? Cheap labor! They don't want to pay to much for their gardener, Nanny or fast food. Don't give me this humanitarian CRAP!
21 posted on 06/27/2014 3:57:03 AM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: markomalley

I’m sure this has Boehner shaking at the knees...seriously!

22 posted on 06/27/2014 3:59:15 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: markomalley
"Their first job is to govern," Menendez added, "and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions."

So let me get this straight, Senor Menendez ... If the House doesn't pass a bill that the Senate has passed, then they're not governing?

Hey @sshole ... if the House doesn't pass the bill then the Federal laws on these matters stay the same -- and the only "executive actions" to be taken are the enforcement of the f#%&ing law as it stands.

The good news is that history is filled with examples of how this kind of approach to government runs its course.

The bad news is that none of these cases have a happy ending.

23 posted on 06/27/2014 3:59:15 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: markomalley

Dictatorship materializing before our own eyes. Never thought it would happen. The concept of checks and balances in government is a concept beyond comprehension for these oligarchic lawless criminals.

24 posted on 06/27/2014 3:59:41 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: markomalley

“borrow the power”

well well well Durbin
admits Obama doesn’t have this power
love to see the USSC address the issue of the executive branch “borrowing” power to legislate

will Boehner accede to - save obama from yet another and highly obvious and visible impeachable act?

25 posted on 06/27/2014 4:01:23 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Alberta's Child

If Obama cannot pass his agenda through the House and Senate as the Constitution dictates, then his agenda is not that of the American people. It is that simple.

Any action he takes in a manner other than that is tyranny.

26 posted on 06/27/2014 4:03:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Islander7

27 posted on 06/27/2014 4:06:54 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: markomalley

As I’ve said so often over the past five terrible years, I miss the rule of law.

28 posted on 06/27/2014 4:06:58 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Gadsden1st
Their slogan should be “Amnesty now because, somebody has got to make the French Fries!”.
29 posted on 06/27/2014 4:07:12 AM PDT by southernerwithanattitude (New and Improved Redneck!)
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To: TonyM

“This also may be the time for armed citizens to form those militias we are required to do under the constitution. It is becoming apparent that our elected reps are not going to do anything.”

No maybe about it.

30 posted on 06/27/2014 4:07:57 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: markomalley

This is an easy fix. Bring a bill to the floor with 3 words. Secure the border.
Oh, and by the way, are you calling your elected officials?

31 posted on 06/27/2014 4:09:55 AM PDT by lucky american (Progressives are attacking our rights and y'all will sit there and take it.)
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To: markomalley

More empty threats. He doesnt have the power.

32 posted on 06/27/2014 4:11:14 AM PDT by Carry me back
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To: Candor7

Wrong, The Republicans gaining power of the Senate is now totally up in the air and a quick reminder of history will enlighten you to just how feckless the Republicans really are. Does “Slick Willy” ring a bell?

The media will simply turn the tables and the Republicans will impeach themselves.

33 posted on 06/27/2014 4:13:25 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: markomalley

What exactly can he do in regards to immigration?

34 posted on 06/27/2014 4:13:58 AM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Remember Mississippi....

It is clear that the GOPe and the DNC have no alliance with the American is about power and control.

McDaniel has been able to tear the cover off the false pretense of the GOPe in accepting the Tea Party under its' truth they hate them as much as the DNC.

Easy to understand if one just opens ones eyes....the coordinated attacks on conservative groups by the Feds (IRS in particular) is supported by both the DNC and GOPe for one reason only.....they, The Tea Party, are a threat to their power monopoly...

To bad most Americans have no understanding of real politics....The Constitution to our elitist officials is meaningless....any who support abiding by it....or looking for the government to be accountable to the people...are the enemy....and will be dealt with harshly...

If the President acts illegally and makes citizens of the estimated 20-30 million illegal aliens....the grand experiment called America will be over....and trust me....the GOPe supports such....

Time is running out....and w/o a MSM keeping a watchful eye on those in power...I dare say...there is not much in the way of stopping them...

Pessimistic yes....but I am a realist...
35 posted on 06/27/2014 4:15:39 AM PDT by PigRigger
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To: markomalley

Its so much theater! The Dems and the Repubs are in amnesty together. This is just the Dems helping GOPe appear to be against amnesty.

36 posted on 06/27/2014 4:17:10 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: PigRigger

Too much “realism” ends up in enslavement to the world.

37 posted on 06/27/2014 4:18:16 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

he’s leading but no one’s following...............

38 posted on 06/27/2014 4:20:05 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: markomalley

Okay. zero dollars for the disaster he’s creating.
let him executive order his way out of the mess.

39 posted on 06/27/2014 4:21:18 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: Pollster1

I would like to see a repub say to this admin that if they insist on operating outside the law, then they should not expect any Constitutional protections.

40 posted on 06/27/2014 4:25:32 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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