Elise Foley-- Huffpost Politics
WASHINGTON -- There's a man who might avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, and he's not even in Washington.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, is expected to issue a ruling soon on an injunction requested by 26 states to prevent the Obama administration from going forward with recent executive actions on immigration as their lawsuit goes through the courts.
Should he rule with the states in favor of an injunction, some Republicans in Congress say it could break the impasse on funding DHS, which is currently at a standstill despite a nearing Feb. 27 deadline.
The Republicans said it could be a game-changer, but they don't quite agree on how. Some said it might make them open to a bill to fund DHS without immigration measures, while others said that it would convince Senate Democrats to get on board with their bill to gut Obama's policies.
"That will bring in a different dynamic to the debate that we will have to think about," Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Thursday at "Conversations with Conservatives," an event with fellow conservative members and reporters. He added that it was too soon to speculate on what their actions would be should the judge issue an injunction.
Labrador's state of Idaho is one of the 26 involved in the lawsuit, which is being led by Texas, and could be followed by legal action from the House. The states' suit contends that President Barack Obama went beyond his constitutional authority by announcing executive actions in November, largely aimed at parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work.