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House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) told the GOP conference that they needed to pass a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill because Senate Republicans “never found a way to win this fight” and because some House conservatives killed a three-week DHS funding measure last week.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Was there ever any doubt?
So disappointed in our government.
The DHS was not given any "discretion by law" to give 4.3 million removable aliens what the DHS itself labels as "legal presence.” In fact, the law mandates that these illegally-present individuals be removed. The DHS has adopted a new rule that substantially changes both the status and employability of millions. These changes go beyond mere enforcement or even non-enforcement of this nation’s immigration scheme.
The Supreme Court has stated time and again that it is the duty of the federal government to protect the border and enforce the immigration laws. The Government has sought and obtained rulings that preempt all but token participation by the states in this area of the law. The basis for this preemption was that the states’ participation was not wanted or required because the federal government was to provide a uniform system of protection to the states. The fact that DAPA undermines the INA statutes enacted to protects the states puts the Plaintiffs squarely within the zone of interest of the immigration statutes issue.
Representative Mick Mulvaney, Republican of South Carolina, said at a discussion among conservatives hosted this month by the Heritage Foundation that letting the agency run out of funding was “probably” worth it to defend the Constitution.
But he acknowledged that it was “an uncomfortable position to be in, to have to choose between border security and the Constitution.”
originally posted by: xuenchen
His cute little memos might be declared illegal anyway.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
Do you think the timing had anything to do with the God awful optics of today in Congress?
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
I don't think Boehner caved to Obama so much as caved to his fears of repercussions, should some kind of DHS emergency happen while they were not funded. That would have been political suicide for him. Those Congress Critters do whatever it takes to protect their interests.
I don't know, though. My jaw hit the ground when I heard about this.
I don't think Boehner has much of a backbone, but I think a clean bill was the right thing to do. They should handle the immigration issue separately, not try to hold DHS hostage. What The GOP Congress was proposing sounded like blackmail to me.