GOP Gears up For Amnesty Fight

Washington Examiner — When President Obama halted deportations in 2012 for 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought here as children, Republicans complained but took little action. But now that he’s preparing a sweeping amnesty, giving up to 5 million adults the de facto right to stay here, GOP lawmakers are reluctantly gearing up to fight. This battle will be very different from the skirmishes that took place in the wake of Obama’s executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. A souring public mood about arrivals at the southern border, combined with a broad executive order from Obama, is expected to trigger an aggressive blowback that could include getting the Supreme Court involved or risking a government shutdown. “It’s so provocative, it smacks of a constitutional crisis,” an establishment House Republican who requested anonymity said of Obama’s plan. Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter! Nearly two dozen House and Senate Republicans from all factions of the party agreed. Whether conference leader or Tea Party firebrand, immigration hawk or supporter of comprehensive reform, there was broad agreement among Republicans that Obama’s expected plan will require a tough, swift response. [Read More]