Republicans cringe at Obama’s Executive Action
President Barack Obama is expected to announce an executive action that could allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants temporary status relief, and the news has not been taken lightly by Republicans.
Many were not pleased with the fact that Obama gathered with Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday night to discuss the action he plans to announced this evening.
The invitation was not extended to any Republican, and several have expressed their dissatisfaction, in particular, with the “unilateral” nature of any action that will be forthcoming.
Some GOP reactions so far:
"The country's going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going to be a very serious situation. You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence." Sen. Tom Coburn
“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on this issue.” Michael Steel, spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner
“The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language. Even though the president says they won’t be able to vote, we all know that many, in all likelihood, will vote.” Rep. Michele Bachmann
“I think that’s probably a very real possibility.” Governor Rick Perry on suing President Obama
"One of the saddest parts about what the president is going to do is he will poison the well and make it much, much harder if not impossible for us to make serious progress on our broken immigration system." Senator John Cornyn
“The president is throwing this nation into a crisis and we have an obligation to do our duty, here, and in the Senate.” Rep. Steve King
“Why would you do this on the eve of Thanksgiving, going into holidays, unless you want to create a political fight? I mean I’m mystified by the political calculus." Rep. Tom Cole
“It bothers me when somebody tries to pass laws through executive actions. it’s not worth another government shutdown. I don’t advocate that. I think that is a mistake.” Rep. Steve Stivers