It has been learned that President Barack Obama is planning to release a 10-part plan for overhauling immigration in the United States as early as next Friday. The plan in which the president will be executing an executive action has ignited a verbal war between Republicans and himself. That plan, which would allow some 4.5 million illegal residents to stay in the country, is being called a presidential impeachable offense by some of Obama’s most staunch critics, according to a Huffington Post report on Thursday. Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer prize-winning political commentator who spoke with Megyn Kelly on her show, said that if Obama executes an executive order on immigration, it would be a flagrant assault on the Constitution.
While Obama is currently out of the country, Fox News reported on Thursday that he was briefed at the White House regarding the immigration plan by Homeland Security before heading to China earlier this week. Yet, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has spoken to reporters who are traveling with Obama and said that the president has not actually made any final decisions. Basically, there will not be any official comments from the president until he returns to the nation’s capital, according to the White House which is apparently trying to subdue the opposition’s outrage over the matter.
Beyond Obama’s political opponents, Drudge.com reported on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada even urged the president to hold off until at least December to take action on immigration. Reid’s request was reportedly ignited by the congressional Republican’s threat of a government shutdown. On the subject, Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said:
We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern. All of the options are on the table. We’re having discussions with our members and no decisions have been made as to how we will fight this if he proceeds.
According to The Blaze, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell of Kentucky who was just elected to the post of Senate Majority Leader on Thursday said, however:
We will not be shutting the government down or threatening to default on the federal debt.
It was last Sunday that Obama said during an interview that he would do what he can regarding United States immigration via executive action. He said that it is not going to be everything that needs to get done, and he said that it will take time to put that in place. Obama said that as soon as Congress passes a bill to address the problems of immigration reform, he will sign it and it will supersede whatever actions he takes.
Republicans and their ilk have tremendous concerns over Obama using executive orders – or threatening to use executive orders – once again. The immigration topic was reportedly a huge confrontation at the White House luncheon last Friday which included Obama and high-ranking congressional leaders. It isn’t the first time the president has been accused of overstepping his legal limits when he doesn’t get his way in a timely manner.
Earlier in the year, the Supreme Court asserted that the president violated the United States Constitution via his executive orders in making recess appointments. Obama was indignant over the unanimous decision of the high court. Now, opponents expect him to wait until January of 2015 so he can work with the newly-elected Congress led by the Republicans rather than allegedly trashing the Constitution in order to have his way. Obama’s fellow-Democrats, soon to be in the minority in both chambers of the United States Congress, want him to act now.