Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the second ranking member of the Senate Republican leadership, suggested Tuesday that members of Congress may begin to talk about impeaching Obama because of his failure to enforce immigration law in Arizona.
Kyl, who spoke during an appearance on conservative Bill Bennett’s radio show, described various ways to prod the administration to carry out the executive branch mandate to enforce the law, indicating the last of which would be impeachment.
If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political . . . Now if it’s bad enough and if there are shenanigans involved in it, then of course impeachment is always a possibility. But I don’t think at this point anybody is talking about that.
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding a law allowing Arizona police to check the papers of suspected illegal immigrants, the administration decided to sever its so-called 287(g) agreements with Arizona police departments, severely undermining the ability of the police to enforce the law. The administration also said it would stop taking the calls of police related to suspects who did not fall into certain categories, such as having a criminal record.
Obama’s move undermines Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Arizona law, part of a broader statute that was mostly deemed unconstitutional.
Kyl’s suggestion that impeachment could eventually be considered in this case may reflect a growing sense of frustration on the part of Republicans, who have been appalled by a series of Obama actions that appear to ignore the legislature’s Constitutional role.
Many were appalled earlier this month when Obama unilaterally decided to stop enforcing immigration law with respect to the deportment of illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
Other GOP concerns have included Obama’s decisions last year to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and to prosecute the air war in Libya without any kind of approval from Congress.
Here’s some audio of Kyl’s remarks: