“Rough Rider” Sen. Ted Cruz Threatens To Play Hardball Over Immigration Reform

immigrationRepublicans are upset with President Obama’s recent decision last week to use executive action over immigration reform and promise to challenge his plans to stop the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

The move to offer temporary legal status to millions of undocumented illegal immigrants has sparked new debate about how Republicans plan to oppose the legality of the president’s latest actions.

One of the loudest Republican voices of dissent comes from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who claimed on Sunday that Obama has exceeded his Constitutional authority as president.

Senator Cruz appeared on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace and shared his views about President Obama overreaching presidential authority over the complex and thorny topic of immigration reform that has lots of moving parts and sheds light about Washington’s ongoing problems governing on key domestic policy issues.

Cruz maintained on Fox News Sunday that President Obama refuses to follow and enforce America’s current immigration laws.

“The Constitution gives Congress the authority to establish our immigration laws. What the president announced this week is a wholesale refusal to follow our immigration laws, to enforce our immigration laws,” Cruz said on Fox News Sunday.

Republicans are considering to fund the government in all parts except for the Department of Homeland Security which handles immigration by attaching a rider, an additional amendment or provision that the president would be forced to veto and in turn the government could be shut down.

Riders are normally done as a tactic to pass a controversial provision that would not pass as its own bill.

By attaching a rider, Republicans would be playing “hard ball” with the president over his latest move to jump start immigration reform through executive action.

When asked if he would attach a rider, Senator Cruz responded by stating that if the president enforces immigration reform, the soon to be Republican controlled Senate would not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions.

“Chris, I’ve laid out a detailed, systematic plan for what Congress should do. We should use the constitutional checks and balances that we have to rein in the abuse of power of the executive” Cruz said.

“Step number one that I have called for is the incoming majority leader should announce if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions, for the next two years, unless and until the president ends this lawless amnesty” Cruz added.

President Obama appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and responded to questions about using executive order to initiate a policy action when other presidents such as Reagan and Bush took executive actions after bipartisan bills were already passed in Congress and not because Congress did not act as is the case today.

Obama responded by encouraging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go ahead and pass immigration legislation which comes after Speaker Boehner has refused to take the Senate approved immigration bill to the Republican controlled House for a vote.

“The primary response I have to Speaker Boehner and others is go ahead and pass legislation” Obama said.

“In the meantime, what we’ve got to make sure of is, number one, that our borders are secure. And number two, it’s going to allow us to focus on the people that we really want out. Number three, what it allows us to do is to say to folks, who have been here a while, register. We’re going to submit — you’re going to submit to a criminal background check and you’re going to pay taxes.

-Johnathan Schweitzer




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