When it comes to describing Speaker of the House John Boehner, “leader” seems to be an inappropriate term as the top lawmaker in the House has capitulated to the president in his crusade to rule via executive edict on the issue of illegal immigration.
Appearing to favor a policy of appeasement over advocating for the rule of law, Speaker Boehner announced on Thursday that House Republicans would not be taking up measures to defund the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA).
The move to try and defund DACA has been meant as a leveraging tool to try and dissuade the president from granting executive orders providing amnesty. Obama has repeatedly threatened to act unilaterally in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers in order to secure immigration reform if Congress cannot pass legislation.
On Thursday, Boehner revealed that he would be pursuing a plan for immigration reform that centered on a working group’s proposals that did not cite the president’s amnesty-oriented policies as a contributing factor towards the rise of illegal immigration in America.
“I’m focused on the recommendations of our border control working group, and we’re operating within those guidelines,” Boehner announced. The group’s proposal take no hard lines and instead, advocate speeding up deportations and other moderate, easily-manipulated border security measures.
On Wednesday, Tea Party Senator Jeff Sessions blasted the working group’s soft-touch proposal, stating,
“Any attempt at improving the border situation would be rendered utterly void if the President follows through on his dramatic nullification acts. How can Congress ignore this brewing constitutional crisis? In fact, granting the President new funds without tackling these orders would be an institutional surrender to the planned illegality.”
In the Senate, Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz called for a defunding of Obama’s deferred action program. The bill released last week would prohibit the federal government from using funds to process applications for illegal immigrants looking to stay in the U.S., despite having come to the country illegally.
“The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty,” Cruz said in a statement. “If we do not put an end to its expansion — to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming — then more little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed.”
Sen. Cruz is one of many conservatives to point to Obama’s advocacy of lawlessness as a large factor in the surge of illegal immigrants that continue to overwhelm authorities. With the threat of deportation off the table and the high likelihood of Obama working extralegally to grant amnesty, the illegal immigration problem has exploded as tens of thousands of illegals continue to cross the border, hoping to step foot on U.S. soil and thus be allowed to stay.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn introduced similar legislation in the House to try and defund Obama’s DACA program.
“Central American children have fled to the United States based on a false hope that they will be allowed to remain permanently. This false hope created by the Obama Administration is putting children’s lives in danger as they are escorted by individuals who have been known to abuse these children during their journey and even leave some for dead,” Blackburn said in a statement. “It is now clear that the Obama Administration saw this problem coming and that children were used as pawns in the President’s political game. President Obama’s failure to act has forced Congress, once again, to lead the effort to address the crisis on our border.”
Boehner’s latest announcement now removes the threat of legislative action should the president issue yet another executive edict to strengthen the flow of illegal immigrants surging into this country.