The New York Times ran a very interesting story yesterday titled: “Republicans Try to Balance Immigration Action While Avoiding a Shutdown.”
The article explained that Congressional Republicans are conflicted. They wish to pass a broad spending bill in the next 10 days to prevent a government shutdown. However, they also wish to fight President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration.
There may be a hybrid solution (a middle ground) which has been proposed by Republican Tom Price of Georgia. His solution would keep the government funded though September of 2015 which would include “a stopgap spending measure to pay for operations of the Department of Homeland Security….”
The rationale for the short term solution being offered by the Republican Representative is that it would avoid a government shutdown temporarily. ( A government shutdown would be bad for the United States and the American people would not be happy with either party should a shutdown occur. However, in any event it is hard to see how a government shutdown would benefit the Republican party.) The matter could be revisited early in 2015 when the Republicans control both parts of Congress. They believe they would then have more leverage with President Obama when they negotiate over immigration issues.
House Republicans are also considering taking legal action, ” either adding an immigration component to a lawsuit Speaker John A. Boehner filed last month against the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act, or filing a new suit challenging the president’s executive action.”
According to the article, Republicans may also try to force an agreement with President Obama regarding this issues, by blocking the President’s nominations. The Attorney General and Secretary of Defense positions will need to be filled and are subject to Senate approval.
This is a very interesting article which explains how the Republicans may try to use their upcoming leverage in 2015 to try to pare down the potency of the President’s recent executive order on Immigration.
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Attorney and Sacramento Immigration Lawyer. He handles cases world wide. He would be happy to speak to you free of charge about your immigration case. He handles green card cases, fiancé visa case and citizenship cases. He may be reached at 916-709-4643 or 888-801-6558.