House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) could include immigration issues in his lawsuit against President Obama’s executive actions.
“Yes we are,” he told reporters at his Wednesday press conference when asked if he is considering including any immigration-related executive actions in his lawsuit.
The House Speaker noted that he disagreed with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s call to impeach the president instead of suing him.
Last month Boehner revealed he will be suing Obama over his failure “faithfully execute the laws of our country.”
“I believe the House must act as an institution to defend the constitutional principles at stake and to protect our system of government and our economy from continued executive abuse,” Boehner wrote in a memo to colleagues on July 25.
The Speaker has not announced over what executive actions he plans to sue Obama.
At his press conference, Boehner deferred questions about the President’s recent supplemental request for $3.7 billion emergency appropriations — to deal with the unprecedented influx of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors and family units at the border — to the House Appropriations Committee and the border working group led by Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX).
“I’m going to look to the recommendations from Chairman [Hal] Rogers and the border working group in terms of how we address this,” he said, nothing that Obama has not used any of the recommendations Boehner offered in a letter to the president more than two weeks ago.
Boehner did stress, however, that the border needs to be sealed in order to end the influx of illegal immigration into the U.S. something, he said, Obama’s emergency funding request does not do.
“So it’s time for us to take a serious look at what needs to happen,” he said. “If we don’t secure the border nothing is going to change. If you read the president’s request it’s all more about continuing to deal with the problem. We’ve got to something about sealing the border and ending this problem so that we can begin to move on with the bigger question of immigration reform.”