The GOP will not stand idly by as President Obama flouts Congressional authority. Greg Abbott, incoming Texas Attorney General, vowed that his state will seek immediate legal action against the president. His objective is to protect the sovereignty of Texas and defend the rule of law as laid out in the Constitution. The state of Oklahoma also plans to challenge the president in court.
Senator Lindsey Graham, nicknamed “Senator Grahamnesty” for his 2006 immigration bill, has stated he and other GOP Senators are looking into how to defund the plan using budgetary bills. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana also planned to use whatever means possible to defund the plan. Brad Reifler also says that Sen. John McCain of Arizona stated that the president has made it much harder to reach an immigration deal with Congress. He explained that executive fiat damages the political process. In addition, the veteran senator stated that obvious when he declared that the president lacks the “legal jurisdiction” to enact immigration law on his own.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, had previously encouraged the party to work out an immigration reform package shortly after the 2012 presidential election. He now states that by acting unilaterally, the president is only going worsen the immigration system. The GOP has a consensus view that the US border to Mexico must be secured against illegal immigration. This will stabilize immigration process and allow for meaningful reform to occur. The president is not overly concerned with border security.