Republicans in North Carolina are calling out Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) for keeping quiet about President Obama’s plans for executive amnesty in order to improve her reelection chances.
“This scheme to force amnesty onto the American people after the election is brazen, sleazy, and dishonest. Senator Hagan should denounce it — today. If she is silent, she is complicit in a shameless lie,” North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Todd Poole said Thursday.
The Obama administration recently delayed plans to take unilateral action on immigration until after the midterm elections amid concerns that — despite a prior commitment to act at the end of the summer — announcing executive actions on immigration would hurt Democrats facing tough elections in red states.
Hagan is one of those Democrats. The incumbent is currently in the tight reelection race against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis in one of the most consequential Senate races in the country.
Over the summer she voted to kill an effort that would have prevented Obama from implementing executive amnesty. She later voted for a another motion in September that would have allowed the addition of an amendment to prevent executive amnesty in the continuing resolution, but only reportedly did so after she was certain the measure would fail.
She is on record, however, as being for doing something legislatively rather than via executive action, telling Politico recently, “I don’t think it should be by executive action.”
“Before we left for recess, I made the comment weeks and weeks ago that this is a congressional decision,” Hagan added. “I’ve supported the immigration reform bill and … I think the House needs to take that legislation up.”
Thursday the North Carolina GOP highlighted a recent Buzzfeed report which revealed that President Obama is planning to tell the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute to bear with him and stress that immigration executive actions are coming.
“On immigration, just like on ObamaCare, reckless spending, and endless job-killing regulations, Senator Kay Hagan has consistently stood side-by-side with President Obama – not with North Carolina families,” Poole added.