FreakOutNation: Boehner To Fight Immigration Even If It Shuts Down DHS
Following the attack on the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo by three gunmen on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Republicans will still fight immigration even if it risks halting funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security…
“I believe that the president’s executive actions with regard to immigration are outside of the Constitution and outside of his [su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]powers, and I believe that we can deal with that issue in the Department of Homeland Security bill without jeopardizing the security of our country,” he told reporters when asked whether the Paris attacks would change the GOP’s strategy on funding DHS, according to the Huffington Post:
The department is set to run out of funding at the end of February, after a deal cut last month excluded it from longer-term appropriations made for the rest of the government. Now, Republicans are working on a plan to fund DHS that includes measures to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which would give work authorization to up to 5 million people.
While Boehner said a DHS funding fight over immigration wouldn’t harm national security, other GOP members questioned the strategy. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said Wednesday on Fox News that he hopes the attack in Paris will be “a wake-up call in Congress” that members need to fund DHS.
Senator Lindsey Graham also believes it would be beneficial to act like grownups.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN later Wednesday morning that he hopes Republicans are rethinking their plans to use the DHS funding to retaliate against executive action on immigration. He said it would “make sense” to block funding that could be used to implement executive action, but not to allow DHS to go unfunded.
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