President Barack Obama’s immigration order met immediate criticism from lawmakers in Washington. New York Republican Rep. Peter King described the amnesty of nearly five million undocumented immigrants “to come out of the shadows and get right with the law” no more than an attempt to score “cheap political points,” according to Newsmax TV.
King wasn’t alone in his comments on the executive order issued by Obama Thursday night, but easily one of the most boisterous. He described Obama’s far-reaching plan that bypasses Congress as going “… beyond his constitutional powers. This is a prerogative left to Congress. Politically and in the best sense of the word, it does poison the well.”
His annoyance reached beyond the executive order itself citing the recent election avalanche inflicted upon Democrats in early November where Republicans “scored massive victories” in the midterm elections.
Obama now sits as a lame duck president with two years left in his final term. To Rep. King, enacting an executive order of this magnitude without consulting with Congress was reprehensible. In King’s mind, if he had been president, he “would have waited until January” when the Congress convenes with its newest lawmakers.
Obviously Obama did not and many think it is merely to score political points with the Hispanic community and put a burr in the Republican’s saddle. As King put it, “He could have said, ‘I’m going to issue an executive order on July 1 if we can’t work out a deal’,” King said. “At that stage if we couldn’t work it out, he wants to do it; we can take whatever action we want to then.”
Bypassing Congress has caused the most uproar of those opposed to illegal amnesty. Aside from the majority of Americans opposed, King said, it was done “after an election which he lost” and just shows “it’s basically just trying to score some cheap political point’s here.”
But King is cautious as to how Republicans should respond. He is against pulling in the reins on spending to thwart the president. “If we bring that action, which ends up being every 30 days or 60 days, we come close to shutting the government down, and we’re not going to be able to present a coherent Republican agenda,” he said.
The congressman added that threatening to defund the government is a risky and distracting proposition. King said, “What I was looking forward to, prior to the president doing this, or saying he was going to do this, is in January you would have the House and the Senate both under the Republican control. We could lay out a Republican agenda, we can go forward, focus the country on that.”
Republicans take control of both Houses January 4th. At that time, the two House majorities will sit down to consider the options left open to them to stop the executive order from becoming reality. They do so knowing a majority of American voters are behind them in virtually every major poll.
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