Time Magazine -- Maya Rhodan

President Obama urged Congressional Republicans to stand down from a looming fight over Department of Homeland Security spending tied to the hot-button issue of illegal immigration.

Congress has until the end of this month to approve this year’s funding for the agency, the only one not included in a budget deal passed late last year. But some Hill Republicans hope to use the spending bill to try to undo Obama’s decision to defer deportations for millions who came to the U.S. illegally.

In a speech unveiling his FY 2016 budget at the Department of Homeland Security Monday, he noted that over 100,000 employees would have to show up to work if a spending bill is not passed by the Feb. 27 deadline, but they would not be paid.

“Don’t jeopardize national security over this disagreement,” he said.

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Updated: Mon, Feb 16th 2015 @ 12:20pm EST