Immigration hardliners push to oppose Obama
WASHINGTON - Immigration hardliners in Congress are mounting a challenge to House Republican leaders' plans for legislation to keep the government running. They are insisting that the funding bill include explicit language to block President Barack Obama's move to extend deportation relief to millions here illegally.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas warns against holding what he calls a "meaningless show vote" and says Congress cannot let a single dime go for a "lawless and unconstitutional amnesty."
Cruz is working with like-minded House members to oppose the GOP leadership's plan to fund the government past next week, and delay a fight over immigration until early next year.
The growing conservative opposition presents a dilemma for Republican leaders, who may need to seek Democratic votes to pass the funding bill.