A Texas judge's rejection of President Obama's immigration actions has strengthened conservatives' resolve to use the Department of Homeland Security funding bill to oppose his moves, Politico reports. That potentially complicates efforts for a quick end to the partisan standoff 10 days before the clock runs out. Rather than defusing the conflict by making it moot, conservative lawmakers said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen makes it even clearer that Congress cannot allow Obama's actions to stand. “The president has acted unconstitutionally, and it is the president — not Congress — who must back down,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Republicans said Senate Democrats need to give in by allowing a vote on a House-passed DHS bill that would block the president's efforts to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said, “We all want to keep this nation safe and secure, so let's do that. Let's not fund what's in dispute.” Democrats showed no signs of conceding, and circulated new CNN/ORC poll results showing that 53 percent of voters would blame Republicans if the department shuts down, compared with 30 percent who would point the finger at Obama.