Obama could defer deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants in executive action expected as early as Nov. 21
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce as early as next week a plan to overhaul immigration policy through executive action, including suspending deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, Fox News reported Wednesday.
The network, citing a source close to the White House, said a 10-part plan could be announced as early as Nov. 21 and would expand a policy of deferring action on deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the country as children as well as for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.
That provision could let up to 4.5 million undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born children remain in the country, Fox News said, citing estimates.
Other parts of the plan would include bolstering border security and pay increases for immigration officers, the network said.
Some conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with Obama over his planned executive action, inviting comparisons to last year’s shutdown showdown over the health care law.
In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill — either in December or next year — to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to stop deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.
“Congress appropriates the money,” Sessions said. “That’s a clear constitutional power. If Congress disapproves of the president providing ID cards for people who’ve been in the country illegally, then it should not appropriate money to fund it.”
GOP leaders appear cool to the effort since it could lead to a confrontation with Obama that, if taken too far, could spark another government shutdown. They have given the Appropriations Committee the green light to negotiate a catch-all omnibus spending bill for the budget year that began last month. Any deal with Democrats still in control of the Senate would not include language to block Obama on immigration.
A temporary spending measure expires Dec. 11 and a partial government shutdown would occur if Congress doesn’t act by then. Sessions said he’d rather have Congress pass another short-term spending bill so that the new Republican Senate could be in place to tackle the issue.