Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday challenged Senate Democrats to stand up to what he called a presidential “power grab” and vote to overturn President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on House-passed legislation that would unwind executive orders from 2012 and 2014 shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
McConnell framed the vote as an effort to protect Congress’s constitutional authority over immigration against an overreaching executive.
“At its core, this debate is about whether Democrats think presidents, of either party, should have the power to simply do what they want. And while this is about more than just President Obama, it’s also true that President Obama has repeatedly reached beyond his authority,” McConnell said on the floor.
He urged his Democratic colleagues to “rise above the kind of partisan temptations that emerge” and consider the long-term consequences of “partisan power grabs.”
He argued that Obama himself acknowledged he didn’t have the power to significantly scale down the number of deportations.