If President Obama goes ahead with his plan on immigration reform then one I may trigger the other IImpeachment. This new round of threats come as a result of the presidents defense of his plans on immigration, announced last Sunday on television where he stated that he had waited long enough for Congress to act.
On Face the Nation, Obama said that Everybody agrees the immigration systems broken. And weve been talking about it for years now in terms of fixing it. Moreover, he said we dont have the capacity to deport 11 million peopleeverybody agrees on that.
The president was making reference to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country who are at the center of this endless debate about how to move them toward citizenship and the issue of amnesty.
Speaker John Boehner, upon hearing of the possibility of the president exercising his executive authority, warned that unilateral action by the president on executive amnesty will erase any chances of doing immigration reform and will also make it harder for Congress and the White House to work together successfully on other areas where there might otherwise be common ground.
After the presidential luncheon on Friday, Boehner, along with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the presumed Majority Leader of the Senate next year, was even more outspoken about any such notion from the president given the takeover of Congress by the Republicans.
Obamas plan had a cautionary tone in which his authority would quickly be set aside the minute Congress passed a bill that addresses the problems of immigration reform. I will sign it and it supersedes whatever actions I take, he said during the interview. And Im encouraging them to do so
The presidents proposed action has renewed talks about impeachment that has been a mantra from the right since he won the election in 2008. Mainly this initiative has come from the Tea Party quarters where its website has gathered more than a half million signers calling for the impeachment of the president.
But the increased power of the Republicans in Congress will probably center their attention on the Affordable Care Act, particularly the tax credit subsidies element that may be heard soon by the Supreme Court. This situation is additionally troubled by the dominance of Republican governors, many of whom have refused to provide the insurance exchanges leaving it up to the federal government. More on this later.