President Barack Obama unveiled his $4 trillion budget at the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, arguing that America’s economic security is intertwined with national security. The president wants Congress to pass a funding bill for the DHS while keeping his executive actions on immigration intact. Republicans in Congress funded the entire government through September, with the exception of Homeland Security, whose funding will expire at the end of February. This short-term funding was a deliberate strategy by the Republicans to keep their leverage as the president continues to pursue a plan to give residence and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
The president said: “I’m confident that what we’re doing is the right thing and the lawful thing.”
Obama added that he wants a “reasonable debate about immigration” but ward Republicans: “don’t jeopardize our national security over this disagreement.”
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In January, House Republicans voted 236 to 191 to approve the Aderholdt amendment along with the 2015 DHS funding bill that prohibits any agency of the federal government from using funds to carry out Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal immigrants.
h/t: CNS News