Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says the unconstitutional granting of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is one promise President Obama actually intends to keep, and he says the Republican Congress must be ready to do what it takes to stop it from happening.
The day after major Republican wins in the midterm elections, Obama reiterated his vow to act alone on immigration policy. On Wednesday, he told the nation he would announce a major immigration executive action in a prime-time speech Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. While not detailing what his executive orders would entail, reports have indicated that the centerpiece of Obama’s initiative would grant legal status and issue work permits to the parents of U.S. citizens and children already legalized in some way. Estimates suggest that would legalize anywhere from 4.5 to 6 million illegal immigrants.
While immigration has been a divisive issue among Republicans over the past couple of years, King said GOP lawmakers are virtually unanimous in fighting what they see as an unconstitutional power grab. He’s less certain Republicans are willing to to whatever it takes to win the fight.
“I think we’re really solid,” King said. “Those on the Republican side that would give the president a pass for usurping constitutional authority are very few. But how far are they willing to go to block this president?”
King has been a leading voice of opposition to granting legal status to people in the country illegally. He said he can remember where he was and the disappointment he felt when President Ronald Reagan signed the 1986 amnesty into law.
The congressman said Obama’s agenda is infinitely worse, and he fears the president is dead set on taking action on his own.
“The president has a very long string of broken promises, but this, I think, is going to be the promise he actually keeps. He is poised to violate the Constitution and create his own immigration law out of thin air. He has no constitutional authority to do this,” said King, who believes Obama’s insistence on this issue boils down to one thing.
“He thinks a high percentage of them are just undocumented Democrats, and the next phase would be to document them so that they can vote,” he said.
Written by GREG COROMBOS
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