Senator Carper was quoted in the state’s largest newspaper criticizing the timing of the President’s grant of temporary amnesty to 5 million undocumented immigrants. It is as if the administration wanted a fight turning down the advice of its party Homeland Security Committee Chair.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill awaiting Obama’s signature funds all other federal agencies through Sept. 30. The deal that produced the bill gives Republicans a chance next year, when they will take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House, to block Obama’s immigration order, using the Homeland Security Department’s finances as leverage.
“No one told me this, I just think the president was hell-bent to do it,” Carper said of the executive order. “(He) thought it was the right thing to do, and went ahead. We’re turning out to have a productive lame duck, at least with respect to our committee and some other things, as well, and some nominations. But it could have been a whole lot better, government-wide.”
Carper said he told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johson, who helped craft the executive order on immigration, that the order’s timing was “awful.”
Had he waited until Christmas Eve, Obama could have drawn parallels between immigrants today and the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph, “literally trying to find a place to have a baby,” Carper said.
“In terms of timing and how to frame the story, I think it would have been a better approach,” Carper said. “But, you know, I’m not president. I’m just a soon-to-be former chairman of a committee.”