White House: Prospect of government shutdown won’t stop immigration action
August 27th, 2014
05:05 PM ET
2 months ago

White House: Prospect of government shutdown won’t stop immigration action

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama won’t forestall upcoming executive actions on immigration amid Republican threats of another government shutdown, the White House said Wednesday.

Obama is currently weighing ways to make changes to the immigration system on his own after Congressional action on the issue stalled. Some GOP lawmakers have suggested holding up a bill funding federal agencies if Obama takes unilateral action as promised.

“It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a common sense solution” on immigration, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday.

Last year a failure to reach a budget deal resulted in a partial government shutdown that lasted over two weeks. The measure that Republicans backed gutted a portion of Obama’s signature health law, making passage in the Democrat-controlled Senate impossible.

The White House lambasted GOP lawmakers, chiefly Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, for their insistence on tying funding for the federal government to Obamacare.

Asked whether a shutdown could happen again, Earnest said Wednesday he “had no idea.”

“We would hope that Republicans wouldn't do the same thing again,” he said. “They shut down the government over a commonsense, bipartisan effort to try to mitigate at least some of the worst problems that are caused by our broken immigration system.”

Obama is set to announce his executive actions on immigration within weeks. The options could include expanding a deferred deportation program for children of immigrants.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Immigration
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. jinx9to88

    These clowns tell Obama to do something on immigration then Obama tries to do something the GOP get mad at him for doing something. Do the GOP know what they want?

    August 27, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. CALIFORNIA

    No because Obama's going to play DICTATOR!!!!

    August 27, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    ITs not about common sense of what you want to do its a matter that it is a LAW!!~ that part we know is common sense that they are not suppose to be here PERIOD!!!

    August 27, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. O'drama ya Mama

    CALIFORNIA

    No because Obama's going to play DICTATOR!!!!
    August 27, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Last time I checked a majority of Americans want immigration reform. If anyone is acting like a dictator it would be the Republicans. They are the ones who want to govern against the will of the people.

    August 27, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I can't wait till Senator Cruz reads us another story , he reads like a true story teller.

    I hope it's " Are You My Mother "

    August 27, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. srf

    People who are against immigration reform like Pat Buchanan and Dr. savage. Should remember the only reason they have the honor to call themselves Americans is because of immigration!

    August 27, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Vence

    Shutdown again. It's like is going to be every weekend! Thanks republicans!

    August 27, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @Anthony

    @Ol' Yeller
    "Just because you bought into the left's politicization talking points doesn't make it true. Keep trying buddy."

    Says the gentleman with the bright red kool aid moustache....

    August 27, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "These clowns tell Obama to do something on immigration then Obama tries to do something the GOP get mad at him for doing something. Do the GOP know what they want?"

    Yes, they do. They want a white, wealthy, conservative GOP/Teatroll man in the Oval Office and they will continue to break and obstruct everything they can possibly break and obstruct until they get it. Their message to Amurikkka is simple: "Unless we're in charge, nothing's getting done ever and everything is going to be stomped on, p-ssed on and torn apart unless you give us control. So if you want any progress at all, even if it's not the type of progress you think we need, then you better give us power, because there is absolutely no freekin way on god's green earth that we're letting good things happen when we're not in control, such that we then have to watch the other guys get credit for it."

    August 27, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Chris..E.Al

    Send them all to blue states thats where 80 percent will go anyway .

    August 27, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    If you have any brain at all, just get rid of all rethuglican cult. GOP the biggest CULT.

    August 27, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. srf

    The Republicans in congress who are oppose immigration reform. Should remember the only reason they have the honor to call themselves Americans. Is because of immigration!

    August 27, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Name

    aahh here comes the repub backwardness again. they tries to talk sensibly to attract moderate, but always seems to end up doing exactly what their rabid right wingers demand. how can we allow these rabid right wingers to rule this country, when they have no concept of what a sensibly solutions is.

    August 27, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Hue Georgon

    No matter what Obama does it will be wrong in the eyes of the GOP. That's been the theme since he was elected

    August 27, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Honestly

    “It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a common sense solution”

    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people mourn (Proverbs 29:2).

    August 27, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is definitely treading on thin ice, on immigration. There are plenty of Democrats who are opposed to illegal immigration. He may YET get himself impeached for making his own laws.

    August 27, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. Jack

    Do what is right. I am afraid not. The Tea Partier's just want it their way. Impeach him for not doing his job! Sue for over stepping his authority! They want him to bomb ISIS; which I agree; but I am going to let him do it on his timetable, not the Tea Parties whim! Then they will impeach for over stepping war powers authority

    As far as I am concern both Graham and McConnell need to go stand in the front line and shot at!

    August 27, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @CALIFORNIA
    No because Obama's going to play DICTATOR!!!!
    --------
    How about you go to N.Korea and protest and say your opinion all over the place. Then if you ever get out of prison, you can report back on what it is like live under a real dictator vs. a made up one.

    August 27, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Honestly

    The White House lambasted GOP lawmakers, chiefly Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, for their insistence on tying funding for the federal government to Obamacare.

    While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption; for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he brought into bondage (2 Peter 1:19).

    August 27, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. foxghostwriter

    Let's see if we have this straight....republicans will shut down the government if Obama uses an executive order to do what many of them would do if allowed to vote for it......in an off election year....

    August 27, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. Ian's Rushtache

    CALIFORNIA says:
    August 27, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm
    No because Obama’s going to play DICTATOR!!!!
    _________________

    Meanwhile, in the real world...

    August 27, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Honestly

    correction...
    While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption; for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he brought into bondage (2 Peter 2:19).

    August 27, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Honestly

    Ryan, who is considered a possible 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination, wrote the book to "challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation," according to the publisher.

    We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (2 Peter 1:19).

    And further, my son, by these words be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh (Ecclesiastes 12:12)

    August 27, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Michaela

    The GOP is like Rumpelstilchen, jumping around and stomping their feet, screaming 'I want, I want, I want' . And this is clearly blackmail, because they don't want the president to act on things that they thought had been shut down

    August 27, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Michaela

    We're already here and part of your community. Getting rid of us, deporting us all (not realistic) is going to effect all of you.

    Have you all saved enough money that you can retire without getting social security?

    There's an 'earned income suspend' file , that counts all social security payments where the name and number don't match. There's an estimated 500 Billion $ that has gone through this. Without those payments ss would already be empty.

    August 27, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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