How Ted Cruz Wants the GOP Congress to Fight Obama on Immigration

The Texas senator has a game plan for stopping the president's executive action.

Ted Cruz isn't alone among his Republican colleagues in fighting President Obama's executive action on immigration. But he's one of just a handful of Republicans to compare Obama to a king.

In an op-ed published in Politico Wednesday, the Texas senator rebuked the president for his program to provide amnesty to 5 million immigrants in the country illegally, set to be announced Thursday in a prime-time address. To combat the president's "lawlessness," Cruz gave simple, if extreme, instructions to next year's Republican-controlled Congress, though he declined to mention of its leaders any personally: Stop Obama at all costs.

"If the President announces executive amnesty," Cruz wrote, "the new Senate Majority Leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists."

By attaching riders undoing the authority to crucial spending bills, the GOP should also withhold federal funding in their effort, Cruz urged. But he was careful to put the blame for what this would ultimately lead to—a presidential veto, followed by another government shutdown—on Obama.

"President Obama will no doubt threaten a shutdown—that seems to be the one card he repeatedly plays—but Congress can authorize funding for agencies of government one at a time," he wrote. "If the president is unwilling to accepting funding for, say, the Department of Homeland Security without his being able to unilaterally defy the law, he alone will be responsible for the consequences."

While he said he doesn't relish such a showdown, the incoming GOP majority has the power to do this, Cruz argued, because of Obama's strategic timing in announcing his executive order. By delaying action on immigration until after the midterm elections, Obama put the policy on ballots across the country. Voters resoundingly rejected it, Cruz contends, by ushering in a GOP sweep.

"They have elected a new Congress full of members who have promised in their campaigns to stand up to this lawless President and stop the amnesty," he wrote. "We must honor our commitments."

But Obama, too, was also elected by the American people. And even though he's pretty tight with Queen Elizabeth, he isn't actually a royal.