President Obama wasted no time after his Democratic Party took what some have described as a “shellacking” in Tuesday’s midterm elections to tell Americans that if Congress can’t pass “immigration reform” to his satisfaction, he will go it alone with executive orders.
But one member of the U.S. Senate said Congress, which the GOP leads in both chambers, may have something to say about that.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who won reelection Tuesday, said Congress has the power to stop such extraordinary maneuvers by a president.
In an interview Thursday with the Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, he said all Congress needs to do is “bar the expenditure of any money to carry out such a scheme, because it would be a very expensive scheme.”
He was considering the possibility that Obama would expand his “deferred action” program, which gives amnesty to young children brought illegally into the United States by their parents. There has been talk of Obama expanding the amnesty to the parents of those children or even beyond.
Sessions explained the deferred-action measure gave work authorizations to millions of illegal aliens, even though it was “contrary to what the laws of the U.S. are.”
The authorization could be expanded to 6 million illegal aliens, said Sessions.
But Congress could block the funded needed for the program.
“We do that all the time,” Sessions said. “For example, Guantanamo would have been closed a long time ago, except Congress barred the president from spending any money to close Guantanamo. That’s what he wanted to do.
“Hundreds, thousands of legislative actions throughout the years have barred the executive branch from spending money to execute policies Congress does not want to fund. We can do that,” he said.
Kelly asked if Congress would pursue impeachment if Obama went ahead with the executive orders.
Probably not, said Sessions.
“I think we’ve got plenty of tools, and we need every one of those tools,” he said. “President Obama is decimating law enforcement in a host of ways. … This is just one of them.”
Sessions was not alone in his perspective. National Review reported Arizona congressman Matt Salmon already was circulating a letter seeking a prohibition of any spending on Obama’s “reported intentions to create work permits and green cards for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.”
Salmon said the orders “would be in direct violation of U.S. law.”
“As you know, the Congress has the power of the purse and should use it as a tool to prevent the president from implementing policies that are contrary to our laws and the desire of the American people,” he said.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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