Congressman Aderholt explains strategy for push to repeal President’s immigration order

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHNT) - This week is the first time in eight years Republicans control both the U.S. House and Senate.  It's no secret the stage is set for clashes with the White House.

Congressman Robert Aderholt, a Republican who represents Alabama's 4th District, is pushing to overturn one Presidential executive order.

Rep. Aderholt wants to repeal President Obama's executive amnesty actions on immigration.

"This nullifies the action of President Obama, but it goes one step further than that," Aderholt said.  "It goes and it actually nullifies any future action by the president, so if he wants to issue additional executive actions that would apply to them as well."

This could set up a potentially explosive showdown.  In November, President Obama's directives gave temporary relief from deportation to about 4 million immigrants in the country illegally, along with permits allowing them to work in the U.S.

"The bottom line is the American people are concerned, Congress is concerned, and we want to try to nullify, we want to try to make right the wrong that was made back in November," Aderholt said.

It's unclear whether a House bill blocking funding for President Obama's move would clear the Senate, and it could face a veto threat from the president.

"The president does have a veto pen, and there's no way around that, that's what the Constitution says that the president has the ability to do," Rep. Aderholt said.  "But at the same time he'll have to explain to America why the House believes it's a good idea, why the Senate believes it's a good idea but yet he wants to veto it."

Which leaves the end game uncertain.

By starting the process in early January, House Republicans say they are giving themselves plenty of time to figure that out before Homeland Security funding expires at the end of February.