There are already some Republicans that are stating they don't think they can go after Obama on his executive order on immigration. Why is that? Why wouldn't they go to the mat over this? At the most basic level, Obama is directing the INS and Homeland Security to "look the other way" on certain immigrants, namely those that have been in the country since Jan. 1, 2010 and their children. He is selectively enforcing the very law that he is supposed to be upholding. That's why he said felons and newly illegals will have priority for deportation. He's picking and choosing who he will go after for deportation. One reason the Republicans might not go after Obama on the immigration issue is that they might want to use this same strategy for their pet legislative issues in the future that they can't solve. When the Republicans control the White House they want this executive action selective enforcement tool in their tool box. I was going to explain it, but I found this. Suppose Ted Cruz is President and he wants to get rid of ObamaCare. One way he could do it is by selectively enforcing the penalties for not following the mandate to buy coverage. Like this: From the Washington Post: It is 2017. Newly elected President Ted Cruz (R) insists he has won a mandate to repeal Obamacare. The Senate, narrowly back in Democratic hands, disagrees. Mr. Cruz instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to collect a fine from anyone who opts out of the individual mandate to buy health insurance, thereby neutering a key element of the program. It is a matter of prosecutorial discretion, Mr. Cruz explains; tax cheats are defrauding the government of billions, and he wants the IRS to concentrate on them. Of course, he is willing to modify his order as soon as Congress agrees to fix what he considers a “broken” health system. At the risk of sounding like Poncho, this seems an all too believable reason the Reps won't fight Obama on the executive action issue--they want that power for themselves.