On a 219-197 vote that was mostly along party lines, the House of Representatives passed the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5759) on December 4. The largely symbolic measure was passed in response to President Obama’s November 20 announcement that he would use executive action to remove the “fear of deportation” and provide three-year work permits for up to five million illegal aliens currently living in the United States.
Seventeen states have decided to pursue a lawsuit against the Obama administration over President Obama’s issuance of an executive order that would ease the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday and named the top immigration enforcement agencies as defendants.
As Republicans try to figure out the best response to President Obama’s November 20 announcement that he would use executive action to grant protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, editorial writers have called the presidents’ plan unprecedented and even unconstitutional.
When asked on December 1 by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl if President Obama would veto a funding bill that did not provide funds for him to carry out his executive action to grant amnesty from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied, simply: “Yes.”
Since President Obama delivered his plan on TV on November 20 to use executive actions to grant protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, Republicans in Congress have considered the best way to respond legislatively. Among the options that GOP legislators have proposed are removing funding from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Senate filibuster of immigration-related funding bills, and a government shutdown.
The combination of ObamaCare rules and President Obama’s recently announced decision to use executive actions to grant amnesty from deportation many illegal immigrants means that employers can avoid a $3,000 fine by hiring illegal immigrants.
Viewers who watched President Obama’s November 20 speech outlining his plan to grant amnesty (though he denied it is amnesty) to illegal immigrants may have wondered if his plan would enable those immigrants to collect Social Security benefits. There is good reason to believe that these newly legalized illegals might very well be eligible for Social Security and other federal benefits such as Medicare.
Soon after President Obama delivered his plan on November 20 to use executive actions to grant protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants, Republicans and other Americans offered their reactions. Under the Obama plan, two groups of illegal immigrants would qualify for executive amnesty — those who have been in the United States for more than five years, and those who have children who are American citizens or legal residents.
Speaking from the White House on prime-time television on November 20, President Obama did not deliver any surprises as he unveiled his plan to use executive action to grant protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants. After all, the administration had already repeatedly made clear its intent to rule by decree on immigration and other issues, despite the fact that under the U.S. Constitution, only Congress may make law.
It is surely not surprising that the New York Times has announced its approval of President Obama's executive action on immigration enforcement even before the president announces it to the nation tonight.