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Ted Cruz Bill Would Ban Obama’s Next Executive Action on Immigration

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is working on a bill to prevent President Obama unilaterally granting six million people an effective amnesty, as Obama has reportedly told immigration activists he will do later this year.

The expected executive order would expand Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, which “lifts the shadow of deportation” from children who would have qualified for citizenship under the DREAM Act, had that bill passed through Congress.

“The senator is working on legislation to prevent Obama from expanding DACA,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told National Review Online. ”The president’s policies that allow people who come here illegally to stay is what is creating a magnet for this crisis and the problem can’t be solved until those policies are stopped. This should be a prerequisite for any legislation that is considered by the Senate on this issue.”

NRO reported yesterday that Cruz was working on a bill, including a Senate source who said that Cruz would try to repeal the existing DACA program.

“Our focus right now is stopping DACA from here on out and preventing Obama from expanding,” Frazier said. ”We want to stop this humanitarian crisis and this is the first step that must be taken to do so.”

National Journal reported that Obama is planning a major expansion of the DACA program. “Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,” Major Garrett wrote of a meeting the president had with immigration activists. ”He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.”

The border crisis has some Democrats skittish that such an order before the 2014 midterms would backfire. “You can sense already, even among my Democratic colleagues, a kind of — ‘this issue is a little too complicated, too risky, let’s go small,’” Representative Raúl Grijalva (D., Ariz.) said on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “Politically, they’re tied together and the children at the border and his executive orders are going to get tied together.”

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