Touting his $3.99 trillion FY2015 budget plan before members of the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, President Obama again asserted his executive actions to bypass Congress and grant temporary amnesty to more than 5 million illegal aliens was the “lawful thing” to do.
“I’m confident that what we’re doing is the right thing, and the lawful thing,” Obama said, speaking of his executive actions in November that granted deferred deportation to millions of illegal aliens currently living in the United States, preventing them from being removed from the country while also granting them the right to work in America despite their lack of legal status.
As for Republicans in Congress – many of whom have decried the move – Obama also said he “understand[s] they may have some disagreements” with him on whether or not the executive actions were legal, but firmly pressed for them to fund the actions anyway.
Earlier this month, House Republicans passed the Aderholdt amendment along with the 2015 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security in a 237-190 vote, expressly forbidding the department from using any funds to enforce Obama’s executive amnesty.
If passed through the Senate, the bill faces a likely presidential veto, meaning DHS’s funding could run out when the current funding bill expires on Feb. 27.
By not funding his executive amnesty, Obama accused Republicans of “playing politics” with national security, adding those who call his executive actions illegal are “threatening to let funding for homeland security expire because of their disagreement with my actions to make our immigration system smarter, fairer and safer.”