Republican lawmakers in the US stepped up their criticism over Barack Obama’s immigration order, vowing to reverse the president’s move to allow undocumented immigrants stay in the country temporarily, Bloomberg News reported.
“If this president can impose his own immigration laws unilaterally, then the next president can impose his own laws,” Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, was quoted as saying on a Fox News television program.
Obama defended his action as no different from executive orders imposed by previous Republican and Democratic presidents.
“I have issued fewer executive actions than most of my predecessors, by a long shot,” Obama told ABC’s “This Week” program. “If you ask historians, take a look at the track records of the modern presidency, I’ve actually been very restrained.”
Obama urged Congress to supersede his order by passing new legislation.
Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Republicans are instead weighing whether to use “the power of the purse” to cut off funding.
“We are not going to shut the government down,” McCaul was quoted as saying on a CBS program. “But we are going to shut down the president and his actions as it pertains to granting amnesty to five million people.”
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