In a closed-door meeting on January 7, House Republicans discussed the best strategy to prevent President Obama from implementing his administration’s executive action on immigration policy. That policy, put into effect by Obama’s presidential memorandum on November 21 and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s executive action memorandum on November 20, would provide for “deferred action” — or amnesty — to delay the deportations of millions of illegal aliens.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), is prepared to introduce legislation in the 114th Congress that would reverse President Obama’s executive action to defer deportations and grant work permits for up to five million illegal aliens. Other members of Congress have introduced bills to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Obama executive actions granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who has topped most recent opinion polls gauging public opinion of likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been criticized by conservatives for his advocacy of a “path for citizenship” for illegal immigrants. He has often used that term and other language that is closer to that employed by President Obama (e.g., a “broken” immigration system) than to the more accurate descriptions of these situations employed by those who advocate strict enforcement of our immigration laws.
A report in Voice of America (VOA) on December 29 predicted that President Obama’s recent executive action to protect some illegal aliens from being deported may actually have killed prospects of the president reaching a comprehensive immigration agreement with Congress in 2015.
In an interview with NPR broadcast December 29, President Obama posed the rhetorical question: “By me having taken these [executive] actions, does that spur those voices in the Republican Party who I think genuinely believe immigration is good for our country?... Or does it simply solidify what I do think is a nativist trend in parts of the Republican Party?”