SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The Republican members of Congress have vowed to swiftly and forcefully counter President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that will prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, setting up a clash with the White House.
Obama is scheduled to address the public on Thursday at 8:00 pm (0100 GMT Friday) to unveil the plan to reform the immigration system by issuing executive order, which could protect up to five million of the about 11 million immigrants — most of them from Mexico and Central America — from deportation.
Republicans have accused Obama of exceeding the power of his presidential office and promising a battle when they capture both houses of Congress in January.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will become the Senate majority leader in January, said on Thursday that Obama would regret choosing to ignore the wishes of the American people.
“If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act.”
“We’re considering a variety of options. But make no mistake. When the newly elected representatives of the people take their seats, they will act,” he added.
The Republican Party has not only captured a majority in the Senate in the November 4 midterm elections, but it has also achieved a historic victory in the House of Representatives.
This has put Obama’s rivals in charge of both chambers of Congress during his last two crucial years in office, making life difficult for a president who is looking to establish his legacy with his second term entering a lame-duck phase.