Rep. Kinzinger & Sen. Johnson Discuss Response to Immigration Executive Orders [AUDIO]
Despite at least 22 instances when President Obama said he could not create or ignore immigration law, the President plans to do just that tonight in a prime-time TV speech.
Obama will make his announcement from the White House. The maneuvers are expected to change U.S. immigration law to protect roughly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. Reports also indicate he will expand an existing program for “Dreamers,” young immigrants who came to the United States as children.
This, as you might expect, is not sitting well with Republicans in Washington and around the country:
Congressional Republicans are already working on a strategy to stop Obama from using executive action, including a plan to submit a temporary spending bill that would cut any funding for related efforts like issuing Social Security cards for those to be protected under the Obama change.
The federal government technically runs out of money by December 11. So the president and Congress failing to promptly reach a budget deal could result in a partial government shutdown. However, Republicans have said they do not intend to submit a budget that Obama would veto and result in a shutdown.
We talked earlier this week with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about the issue. Here's how he thought the Senate might respond:
We also chatted with Congressman Adam Kinzinger about what options might be availale in the House: