WASHINGTON (AP) – Several Republican governors are urging their party’s congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn’t also overturn President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its latest budget standoff. The agency’s $40 billion budget runs out Feb 27, giving federal lawmakers only a few days to reach an agreement once they return from recess next week.
While some call for compromise, a handful of high-profile Republicans charged that stopping what they see as Obama’s unconstitutional power grab may be as important as resolving the funding dispute. The Obama administration last week put on hold plans to shield more than four million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the effort the day the programme was scheduled to begin. Twenty-six states, led by Texas, filed a lawsuit in December arguing that the president does not have the authority to allow the groups of immigrants to legally stay and work in the United States. The White House is appealing the ruling.
Indiana Gov Mike Pence, who is weighing a Republican presidential bid, said the court ruling “vindicates the efforts of the Congress to use the power of the purse to prevent the administration from doing what the constitution does not permit them to do.”