McConnell: 'We're Pretty Unhappy' About Obama's Immigration Mandate

By Susan Jones | June 18, 2012 | 11:21am EDT
( - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Friday he will seek a court order to stop the Obama administration from halting the deportation of illegal aliens who were brought to this country as children.

But King is one of the few Republicans talking about a lawsuit.

On Monday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was asked what Congress will do about the Executive Branch setting mandatory immigration policy without congressional authority.

"Well, one thing -- we thing it ought to require legislative action," McConnell told Fox News anchor Martha McCallum. "The way you get these things done is to have a bipartisan discussion."

McCallum persisted: "But if the White House has gone around Congress in a way that is not above-board, is Congress going to hold the White House's feet to the fire on this and force them to go through Congress, is my question."

"Well, that would require court action, I assume," Sen. Mitch McConnell told Fox News on Monday. "But yeah, I think we're pretty unhappy with the fact that they have now decided to do something they claimed they couldn't legally do a year ago."

McConnell said Obama's decision "raises quite a suspicion that this is all just about trying to ingratiate himself with Hispanic voters."

On Friday, Rep. King told radio host Mike Huckabee, "I’m prepared to bring a suit and seek a court order to stop implementation of this policy."

You plan to sue the administration? Huckabee asked. “That is correct,” King said.

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