Working to stop the President’s controversial executive action to offer amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without legal authority, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today to prohibit the White House from offering deportation exemptions or work permits to large classes of illegal immigrants.
“The Constitution is explicit on this issue. Congress establishes the rules for immigration and the President is supposed to enforce those rules,” said Texas Congressman Kevin Brady. “President Obama publicly admitted this almost two dozen times in recent years.”
The President told an audience on Univision in March of 2011, “There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
“I’m not a constitutional law professor like the President,” added Brady. “but executive amnesty is unconstitutional. It’s that simple.”
“The President keeps telling us to just pass a bill, but the House did pass a bill this summer that made it clear that immigration reform begins with securing the border. The President’s actions, unfortunately, have simply invited even more people to cross our borders illegally and poisoned the well on future immigration reform in Congress,” Brady concluded.