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Duffy defends GOP response to immigration crisis

The lack of bipartisan support for a Republican bill in response to the immigration crisis has left the issue unresolved as federal lawmakers head into recess.

Northern Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy told Sunday's "UpFront with Mike Gousha" earlier versions of the legislation lacked sufficient GOP support.

The 7th Congressional District Republican said the bill, which aimed to effectively discontinue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was necessary to avert additional waves of children undertaking the treacherous journey to the border.

"If we don't start sending the kids back to their moms and dads, this is just beginning of the crisis," Duffy said.

He defended a GOP statement that called on President Obama to take steps to mitigate the situation, saying it is within the purview of the presidency to allocate resources in response to a crisis. The move was criticized because it came on the heels of House Republicans' efforts to sue the president for accused overreach through executive orders.

"The president does have some authority to act, without modifying or changing the law," Duffy said.

He contended Obama's actions on issues like drug laws and welfare-related work requirements circumvent the role of the nation's law-making bodies, and weaken the balance between the executive and legislative branches.

Despite the legal action, Duffy said impeachment is off the table for Republican leaders. He said the prospect is perpetuated by Obama's own party as a focal point of support.

"This has been a fundraising tool for the Democrats and for the president," Duffy said. "He's trying to excite his base going into this next election."


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