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Obama Details Immigration Executive Actions, GOP Considers Lawsuit

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Last night President Barack Obama laid out the executive actions he would take to help some undocumented immigrants stay in the country. In the speech Obama broke his plan into three parts – border security, opportunities for high-skilled immigrants, and his plan to allow roughly five million undocumented immigrants stay in the country and not face deportation.

The last part is where the real controversy lies. Obama’s plan protects parents of citizens who have been in the country for more than five years as well as undocumented immigrants who came to America as children – the so-called DREAMers.

The Republican response to the plan and speech has, not surprisingly, been explosive. Obama has been labeled an “emperor” and a “king” with Senator Ted Cruz invoking Cicero and Kansas’ Secretary of State mentioning ethnic cleansing as a possible consequence.  Republican members of Congress have said they will take Obama to court for exceeding his executive authority and states such as Texas are considering lawsuits.

Outside of the courtroom Republicans are planning to challenge the executive actions by trying to defund any bill that would help implement the executive actions as well as punish the Obama Administration by blocking nominees. There has also been some mentions of shutting down the government again though that appeared to have more limited support.

These executive actions were a long time in coming and reversing them in court – if possible – could be a lengthy process. President Obama noted in his speech that one way to get rid of the executive actions is for Congress to legislate saying “[T]o those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

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Obama Details Immigration Executive Actions, GOP Considers Lawsuit

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Last night President Barack Obama laid out the executive actions he would take to help some undocumented immigrants stay in the country. In the speech Obama broke his plan into three parts – border security, opportunities for high-skilled immigrants, and his plan to allow roughly five million undocumented immigrants stay in the country and not face deportation.

The last part is where the real controversy lies. Obama’s plan protects parents of citizens who have been in the country for more than five years as well as undocumented immigrants who came to America as children – the so-called DREAMers.

The Republican response to the plan and speech has, not surprisingly, been explosive. Obama has been labeled an “emperor” and a “king” with Senator Ted Cruz invoking Cicero and Kansas’ Secretary of State mentioning ethnic cleansing as a possible consequence.  Republican members of Congress have said they will take Obama to court for exceeding his executive authority and states such as Texas are considering lawsuits.

Outside of the courtroom Republicans are planning to challenge the executive actions by trying to defund any bill that would help implement the executive actions as well as punish the Obama Administration by blocking nominees. There has also been some mentions of shutting down the government again though that appeared to have more limited support.

These executive actions were a long time in coming and reversing them in court – if possible – could be a lengthy process. President Obama noted in his speech that one way to get rid of the executive actions is for Congress to legislate saying “[T]o those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

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