Chad’s Morning Brief: Ted Cruz Lays Out Plan to Stop Obama’s Amnesty, Abbott Again Says Texas Will Sue the Obama Administration
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Ted Cruz Has a Plan
According to National Review, Senator Ted Cruz has a plan to stop President Obama's orders on amnesty. The problem is, he has to convince others in the GOP to go along with it.
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) proposed a plan to stop President Obama’s administrative amnesty, the first step of which can only be taken by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).
“Step number one that I have called for is the incoming majority leader should announce that if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions, for the next two years, unless and until the president ends this lawless amnesty,” Cruz told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “If the majority leader would announce that, it would impose real consequences on the president and the administration.”
Cruz didn’t say if he regards the attorney general as a “vital national security position,” leaving open the question of whether he wants the GOP to block confirmation of Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee to replace Attorney General Eric Holder.
“The second constitutional power we’ve got is the power of the purse,” Cruz continued. “And we should fund, one at a time, the critical priorities of the federal government, but also use the power of the purse to attach riders.”
By riders, Cruz is likely referring to an appropriations bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security but stipulate that none of the funds appropriated may be used to implement Obama’s recent executive orders. And, following Cruz’s thinking, if Obama vetoes that bill next year, it wouldn’t result in a government-wide shutdown because Congress will have passed bills funding other parts of government.
Sounds like a plan, now what will leadership do about it? I am not convinced that Republican leadership will do anything but complain about the action taken by President Obama. Cruz and others have shown resolve but the leadership hasn't. Plus, let's not forget that many in GOP leadership circles wanted something to get done ASAP when it came to immigration.
Greg Abbott is Serious About a Lawsuit
Many in D.C. seem to be surprised that Greg Abbott is serious about suing the Obama Administration. According to POLITICO, Abbott again on Sunday pressed the matter.
Abbott, who’s still the Republican state attorney general, cited the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals action, which allowed certain children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. And he said the state felt “direct consequences” from the policy, which he expects to repeat under Obama’s new executive action.
“We believe, also, that in the aftermath of this presidential order, we’re going to face the same challenges in Texas that we did after the 2012 DACA,” Abbott said.
Abbott dismissed the suggestion that the legal requirements of both DACA and Obama’s latest move will discourage other immigrants from coming to the U.S.
“Understand this: The people coming from Central America are typically not legal scholars who look into the depths of what the president is saying,” Abbott said.
It was Mexican cartels “who were selling” DACA to Central Americans, Abbott said, and “using them and exhorting from them the passageway towards Texas.”
Texas “will continue to come out of pocket,” Abbott said, adding the state spends $15 million a month just on law enforcement. “Texans are having to foot the bill” for thousands of children now in Texas schools, he added.
“We have a president who feels completely unconstrained by the Constitution,” Abbott said. “Attorneys general across the United States of America are the leaders in stepping up, holding this president accountable to the United States Constitution.”
If they don’t, he said, it “will lead to dire consequences in our future.”
Abbott is right. The moves made by the administration will only encourage more illegal immigration. The President did not give anyone a reason not to come across the borders illegally.
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