Politics June 24, 2016: Supreme Court rules against Obama on immigration executive actions

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Supreme Court rules against Obama on immigration executive actions

By Bonnie K. Goodman
June 24, 2016 5:06 AM MST
President Barack Obama blamed the Republicans for the Supreme Court refusing to allow his immigration executive actions, June 23, 2016

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Politics January 19, 2016: Supreme Court to decide fate of President Obama’s immigration executive actions

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Supreme Court to decide fate of President Obama’s immigration executive actions

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Examiner.com, January 19, 2016 9:51 AM MST

The Supreme Court is again going decide a key policy for President Barack Obama's legacy when they decide on immigration executive actions giving legal status to nearly five million illegal immigrants in the country, Jan. 19, 2016
The Supreme Court is again going decide a key policy for President Barack Obama’s legacy when they decide on immigration executive actions giving legal status to nearly five million illegal immigrants in the country, Jan. 19, 2016
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Politics November 20, 2015: Obama v Congress on bill blocking refugees, will there be a government shutdown?

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President Barack Obama, Congressional Republicans and some Democrats in a battle over admitting Syrian refugees after the Paris terror attacks, the showdown could lead to a government shutdown in December, Nov. 19, 2015
President Barack Obama, Congressional Republicans and some Democrats in a battle over admitting Syrian refugees after the Paris terror attacks, the showdown could lead to a government shutdown in December, Nov. 19, 2015
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Politics July 12, 2015: Donald Trump mobilizes his adoring base immigration haters at Arizona rally

Donald Trump mobilizes his adoring base immigration haters at Arizona rally

July 12, 2015

Real estate and business mogul Donald Trump is enjoying being at the top of Republican presidential polls, and he was out promoting the leading and most controversial issue of his campaign, stopping illegal immigration especially from Mexico. Trump held a…

Politics March 9, 2015: Conservatives planning coup to oust Boehner as Democrats promise to protect him

Conservatives planning coup to oust Boehner as Democrats promise to protect him

March 9, 2015

Tea Party Conservative Republican Representatives are angry at Speaker of the House John Boehner, (R-OH) and are looking to oust him from his post. A report published by Politico on March 3, 2015 revealed that Boehner worked with House…

Politics March 5, 2015: Obama plans injunction appeal wants to start immigration executive action Monday

Obama plans injunction appeal wants to start immigration executive action Monday

March 5, 2015

Now that President Barack Obama had his way and Congress passed a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the fiscal year, he is looking to start his immigration executive actions. The Obama administration…

Politics March 4, 2015: Boehner defies Republicans House passes clean DHS funding bill

Boehner defies Republicans House passes clean DHS funding bill

March 4, 2015
Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, R-OH defied the majority of his Republican caucus and put the Senate’s “clean” $40 billion Department of Homeland Security funding bill to a vote on Tuesday afternoon…

Politics February 28, 2015: Congress passes one week DHS funding but talk of coup to oust Boehner as speaker

Congress passes one week DHS funding but talk of coup to oust Boehner as speaker February 28, 2015

Congress may have come at the 11th hour with a one-week funding continuing resolution stopgap spending bill for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before the midnight deadline on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, but it may have caused lasting damage…

Politics February 27, 2015: Senate passes clean DHS bill House bill faces problems DHS shutdown possible

Senate passes clean DHS bill House bill faces problems DHS shutdown possible February 27, 2015

The Senate has done their end to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not shutdown at midnight, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Friday morning the Senate passed two bills, one clean $40 billion DHS funding bill that passed…

Politics February 27, 2015: Senate to vote on clean DHS bill House opts for stopgap bill to avert shutdown

Senate to vote on clean DHS bill House opts for stopgap bill to avert shutdown February 27, 2015

Republicans in the Senate and House still cannot agree on the best bill to avert a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutdown. The only thing they agree upon is they will pass bills preventing its shutdown on Friday, Feb. 27…

Politics February 25, 2015: Senate advances DHS funding bill unclear if House will follow as Boehner balks

Senate advances DHS funding bill unclear if House will follow as Boehner balks February 25, 2015

Senate Republicans and Democrats have resolved their differences regarding the $40 billion bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2015 they overwhelmingly voted 98 to 2 in favor of advancing the bill to…

Politics February 24, 2015: McConnell caves in offers Democrats clean DHS funding bill to avoid shutdown

McConnell caves in offers Democrats clean DHS funding bill to avoid shutdown February 24, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acquiesced to the Democrats demands on Tuesday afternoon Feb. 24, 2015, and is offering them a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year. McConnell…

Politics February 23, 2015: McConnell offers Senate Democrats DHS funding bill compromise to avert shutdown

McConnell offers Senate Democrats DHS funding bill compromise to avert shutdown February 23, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY offered Senate Democrats an olive branch for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) $40 billion funding bill on Monday, Feb. 23, 2014. McConnell will separate the bill from the amendments repealing President…

Politics February 23, 2015: Senate Democrats vote down DHS funding for 4th time Obama warns against shutdown

Senate Democrats vote down DHS funding for 4th time Obama warns against shutdown February 23, 2015

The clock is ticking for Congress to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before the Feb. 27, 2015 deadline, but still Senate Democrats are not willing to move to push the $40 billion spending bill beyond…

Politics February 21, 2015: Obama, Justice Dept seek to lift injunction on immigration executive actions

Obama, Justice Dept seek to lift injunction on immigration executive actions February 21, 2015

President Barack Obama has decided to fight the injunction a federal judge from Texas placed on the president’s immigration executive actions. The White House announced on Friday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2015 that lawyers from the Justice Department intend…

Politics February 17, 2015: Federal judge blocks Obama’s immigration executive actions at 26 states’ request

Federal judge blocks Obama’s immigration executive actions at 26 states’ request February 17, 2015

Congressional Republicans might not need to defund the Department of Homeland Security to prevent President Barack Obama immigration executive actions, a Texas federal judge has granted the requests of 26 states to block those executive actions with a temporary injunction…

Politics February 11, 2015: Boehner tells Senate Democrats to get off their ass pass the DHS funding bill

Boehner tells Senate Democrats to get off their a** pass the DHS funding bill February 11, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH used some colorful language to express what he thinks of the Senate Democrats during the weekly GOP leadership Press Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. A day after the Senate sent back…

Politics February 10, 2015: Senate DHS funding bill stuck sent back to House over immigration roadblock

Senate DHS funding bill stuck sent back to House over immigration roadblock February 10, 2015

Three strikes you are out is the philosophy the Republican Senate leadership is taking after the bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security failed to advance after three votes, because of the immigration related amendments attached to the…

Politics February 4, 2015: Senate Democrats again block bill funding DHS halting Obama’s immigration action

Senate Democrats again block bill funding DHS halting Obama’s immigration action February 4, 2015

Senate Democrats are learning to play the defensive game just fine. For the second day in a row, the entire party rallied together and voted against the Republicans’ bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but with…

Politics December 4, 2014: GOP House passes bill to roll back immigration executive actions Obama vows veto

GOP House passes bill to roll back immigration executive actions Obama vows veto

December 4, 2014, 3:41 PM MST

Speaker John Boehner steered the House of Representatives’ passing of a bill nullifying President Barack Obama sweeping executive action on immigration and deportation, Dec. 4, 2014

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The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted 219 to 197 on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 to pass a bill that would scale back President Barack Obama‘s recent executive actions on immigration reform. The bill and its message are mostly symbolic since the lame duck Democratic Senate will not pass the bill and President Obama has promised to veto it.

The bill H.R.5759 entitled “Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014” is meant “To establish a rule of construction clarifying the limitations on executive authority to provide certain forms of immigration relief” basically makes the president’s actions “null and void and without legal effect.” Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Sponsored the bill that also had an addition 17 co-sponsors. Of the votes cast three Democrats crossed party lines to vote with Republicans supporting the bill while seven Republicans voted with the Democrats opposing it.

The president’s actions that would pre vent the deportations of 4.7 million illegal immigrants in the country who have children who are citizens or permanent residents of the US. The actions would provide them work permits, social security numbers and allow them to pay taxes for the next three years. The 10-point executive actions essentially give amnesty to the illegal immigrants. Among those in the immigrant community, many feel the actions do not go far enough, and the public in general opposes the president taking unilateral action on this issue.

The Republican Congress and its leadership strongly oppose them. President Obama announced his plans just two weeks after the GOP won more seats in the House and took control of the Senate, Republicans do not believe the president has the mandate or the Constitutional rights to make laws Congress has to decide upon and is their responsibility. Among the GOP’s varied solutions include shutting down the government in an attempt to defund the actions, suing, censuring or even impeaching the president.

President Obama has promised to veto the bill if by any chance it passes the Senate. The White House issued a statement of administration policy against the bill on Thursday. The policy paper accused the GOP’s bill of trying promote lawlessness and cause economic problems, while praising the president’s actions, and declaring “If the President were presented with H.R. 5759, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

The White House listed that “H.R. 5759 would make the broken immigration system worse, not better. By attempting to restrict the Administration’s ability to conduct national security and criminal background checks on undocumented immigrants…. would make the Nation’s communities less safe. By attempting to make it more difficult for undocumented workers to register and pay taxes, the bill would hurt the Nation’s economy as well.”

In an attempt to be dramatic and vilify the GOP as much as possible, the White House also listed all the dire consequences of the bill passing. Continuing, the administration stated; “The bill’s objective is clearly to nullify and block implementation of these executive actions, which would have devastating consequences. It would lead to the separation of families and prevent additional DREAMers from fully contributing to American life. It would also make it more difficult for immigration officials to conduct background checks, for undocumented workers to help the economy by paying taxes, and for the Federal government to focus on removing serious criminals, recent border crossers, and other threats.”

President Obama also personally spoke out against the GOP bill at a College Opportunity Summit on Thursday, emphasizing the effect blocking his actions would have on students. Obama expressed; “But it does not make sense for us to want to push talent out, rather than make sure that they’re staying here and contributing to society. So rather than deport students and separate families and make it harder for law enforcement to do its job, I just want the Congress to work with us to pass a commonsense law to fix that broken immigration system.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH stated at the GOP leadership press conference on Thursday the Republican members of the House “will make clear today that we are rejecting unilateral actions.” While House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA commented on why the House voted on the bill, explaining, “The president thinks he can just sit in the Oval Office and make up his own laws. That’s not the way our system of government works. This legislation says you can’t do that, Mr. President. There is a rule of law.”

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Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.

Politics September 6, 2014: Obama will not take executive action on immigration until after midterms

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Obama will not take executive action on immigration until after midterms 

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Examiner.com, September 6, 2014, 7:35 PM MST

Presidemnt Barack Obama has decided to delay executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections to help the Democrats, Sept. 6, 2014
President Barack Obama has decided to delay executive action on immigration reform until after the midterm elections to help the Democrats, Sept. 6, 2014
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Politics August 3, 2014: House GOP passes immigration border crisis bills before recess as Senate fails

House GOP passes immigration border crisis bills before recess as Senate fails

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, August 3, 2014, 1:23 PM MST

Speaker of the House John Boehner had a small victory with the passage of the immgration bills before the recess when the Senate could not pass their bill, Aug. 1, 2014
Speaker of the House John Boehner had a small victory with the passage of the immigration bills before the recess when the Senate could not pass their bill, Aug. 1, 2014
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Politics July 16, 2014: Reid open to adding unemployment extension to Obama’s emergency spending bill

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Examiner.com, July 16, 2014, 9:23 PM MST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded that he is open to Sen. Jack Reed's request to add the unemployment benefits extension or any ammendment to the border crisis emergency spending bill, July 10, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded that he is open to Sen. Jack Reed’s request to add the unemployment benefits extension or any amendment to the border crisis emergency spending bill, July 10, 2014
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