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article imageOp-Ed: Showdown coming between Obama and GOP over immigration

By Karen Graham     Nov 14, 2014 in Politics
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Wednesday he would not rule out withholding funds in an attempt to block President Barack Obama from halting deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. Boehner said,"All options are on the table."
The Republican majority in Congress is split into two camps over how they will respond to President Obama's likely attempt to implement his 10-part immigration plan using executive action next week.
One group is in John Boehner's corner, and favors denouncing what Boehner calls "executive amnesty." They want to fight the changes in the law over a period of months, chipping away at Obama's attempts at pushing through his revisions using their majority clout.
The conservative GOP faction would see a government shutdown for as long as it takes to get Obama to relent. This differing of opinion on how to respond to the immigration fight is of great concern to all GOP lawmakers. This has created a showdown between Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., forcing them to come to terms and show America the GOP can govern without tearing each other apart.
While Boehner told reporters that "no decisions have been made," he added, “We are going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path." Boehner was then asked if a governmental shutdown was possible. He said, “Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his own oath of office and from violating the Constitution. It is not to shut down the government.”
Representative Matt Salmon has already gotten 62 signatures from other House Republicans on a letter he has been circulating. The letter demands that a new government spending bill prohibit the use of funds that would give work permits or identification cards to undocumented immigrants. A similar action last year by Congress in denying funds for immigration resulted in a 16-day government shutdown.
It has indeed come to a stand-off. Congress will not go along with Obama's new 10-point plan, and President Obama is determined to get his plan through, even if it means using executive authority. A new spending bill is needed by December 11 to avoid a shutdown of federal agencies.
Obama's 10-point plan is a dubious piece of work
The Daily Mail is reporting that a source in the White House says Obama's plan would expand his deferred action program that allows children of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. indefinitely to include any one who came to the U.S. as a child.
One part of the plan will allow parents of both legal and illegal children to stay in the U.S.. As many as 4.5 million immigrants with children born in the U.S. would avoid deportation. This section of the law issues a new rule on Deferred Action. It says "anyone who came to the country before January 1, 2010, when they were under the age of 16 would be eligible for DACA," according to Fox News.
Additionally, 500,000 immigrants would be allowed to apply for citizenship through the State Department's visa program for high-tech jobs. This would include spouses as well. One category of the plan would give raises to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to "raise their morale." Another provision of the plan would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to give a 50 percent discount to the first 10,000 applicants. This of course, would exclude illegal immigrants who have an income 200 percent over the poverty level.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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