House Judiciary Committee Hearing Will Focus on Obamacare, Touch on Immigration

Supporters of the Tea Party movement demonstrate outside the Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 20, 2010.
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Elahe Izad
Nov. 26, 2013, 1:01 p.m.

Get ready for an­oth­er Obama­care hear­ing, folks.

The House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee will hold a hear­ing Tues­day titled “The Pres­id­ent’s Con­sti­tu­tion­al Duty to Faith­fully Ex­ecute the Laws,” fo­cus­ing mostly on the em­ploy­er-man­date delay, the one-year ad­min­is­trat­ive fix on can­celed health plans, and the con­tra­cept­ive man­date.

But the hear­ing, which has been in the works for some time, will also touch on en­force­ment of im­mig­ra­tion and drug laws by the ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a com­mit­tee aide. It will come a week after an im­mig­ra­tion speech by Pres­id­ent Obama was in­ter­rup­ted by a heck­ler yelling, “You have the power to stop all de­port­a­tions!”

The pres­id­ent re­spon­ded, “Ac­tu­ally, I don’t.”

Obama went on to say that tak­ing uni­lat­er­al ex­ec­ut­ive ac­tion to stop all de­port­a­tions would “vi­ol­ate our laws” and called on Con­gress to pass com­pre­hens­ive im­mig­ra­tion re­form.

Some ad­voc­ates with­in the im­mig­ra­tion move­ment think he does have that au­thor­ity, and have called upon the ad­min­is­tra­tion to ex­tend De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, or DACA, to adults and the par­ents of un­doc­u­mented chil­dren. Un­der the pro­gram an­nounced last year, leg­al ac­tion against cer­tain un­doc­u­mented young people can be de­ferred for two years.

Over the sum­mer, the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee passed the Safe Act, which makes un­law­ful pres­ence in the U.S. a fed­er­al crime.

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