GOP House Speaker John Boehner is considering challenging President Obama in a lawsuit over executive decision-making. According to Boehner, the President cannot take the law into his own hands, so he is bringing the issue to House Republicans to decide whether or not to pursue a lawsuit.
According to Laura French of Politico, Boehner considers President Obama’s role in the latest immigration reform developments another reason to pursue a lawsuit alleging executive authority abuse. Boehner was reported as not publicly expressing whether or not he would actually pursue a lawsuit until recently when he responded “yes” to inquiries.
French reported the Ohio Republican leader is planning to address President Obama’s role in executive actions on such issues as the Affordable Care Act, energy, education, and foreign policy. Immigration policies were recently added to the list this past week.
Boehner stated in a memo to fellow House Republicans that President Obama’s job is to abide by the Constitution and “faithfully” execute the laws of the nation. Due to the divide between the House and Senate, Boehner stated it is the job of House Republicans to stand up for the legislative branch and bring justice to Capitol Hill.
In regards to abuse of immigration policy, French reported GOP lawmakers may be referring to Obama’s 2012 directive to stop the deportation of thousands of young immigrants who grew up illegally in the U.S.A. French stated the program was formally known as the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” and granted work permits to those who had grown up in the U.S. without proper authorization.
Boehner is reportedly talking with other House Republicans to examine the issues and obtain recommendations on how to proceed. House Republicans are expected to vote on the matter at the end of July.
As Speaker John Boehner is challenging President Obama with allegations of executive abuse, former Alaska GOP governor Sarah Palin is reportedly mocking Boehner’s lawsuit. In fact, Palin is calling for the impeachment of Obama.
According to Kendall Breitman of Politico, Palin states President Obama is impeachable by 25 offenses, including actions the president has taken on immigration and healthcare. Palin claims Obama is acting like an “imperial president” who is making his own set of laws and acting on them. Palin claims Obama is leaving the border open for undocumented immigrants, and driving the country deeper into debt.
Palin believes President Obama has committed “impeachable offenses” which can no longer be ignored unless the U.S. wants to allow any president to commit such offenses. Palin claims Congress needs to act as Americans are frustrated with a broken system inside Washington D.C. Boehner was reported as disagreeing with her.
While both John Boehner and Sarah Palin challenge President Obama’s presidency, Democratic Representative Raul Ruiz of Palm Desert has attempted to contact Boehner. Ruiz is trying to persuade Boehner to allow the House to vote on a Senate-passed Immigration Reform bill. Though the bill calls for legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Boehner claims it is merely a form of amnesty.
According to Richard Cano of The Desert Sun newspaper, Ruiz wrote to House Republicans stating they have an incredible opportunity to fix a broken system that is not only affecting millions of people, but is occurring during a time of humanitarian crisis. Ruiz urged Boehner to allow the House to vote on “comprehensive immigration reform” and stop “partisan bickering.”
Ruiz also wrote that America is demanding action, and Congress is failing to answer. With over 50,000 child immigrants showing up at the border illegally to date, and protests taking place in Murrieta, California, Ruiz wants House Republicans to know violence and threats in Central America are creating a humanitarian crisis that is affecting immigration policy, and now is the time to vote.
The Desert Sun included testimonies of two women from Honduras taken from a recent interview. The women said they were attempting to cross the border illegally due to violence and poor living conditions. Because of similar occurrences happening to other immigrants, two Democrat representatives announced they will travel to El Salvador and Guatemala. The representatives will attempt to tackle issues pertaining to these issues affecting immigration while Speaker John Boehner continues to challenge President Obama.
By Liz Pimentel