Last night President Obama delivered his long anticipated speech on immigration. By the end of his speech his intentions were abundantly clear. He believes the Constitution does not apply to him. The President wants to offer amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and he doesn't care if the American people and their elected officials in Congress disagree.
President Obama simply does not have the authority to write laws as he sees fit. That’s the job of Congress. The President does not have the power to make wholesale changes to the laws on the book simply because he disagrees with them and refuses to accept anything from Congress that is not to his liking. The President’s role is to respect and enforce the laws on the book.
President Obama has previously stated acting alone is not appropriate, acknowledging the fact that he is the President, not a king. “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed,” he declared on Feb. 14, 2013. Yet his actions last night clearly run counter to these public statements.
This was one of many factual misrepresentations by the President last night. He refuses to acknowledge that his actions are unprecendented and moves our nation into uncharted, dangerous waters. President Obama contends that his predecessors have used executive action to enact immigration reform, but never on a scale this large and never by completely subverting the will of Congress.
Make no mistake. Congress intends to use the power of the purse to defund the President’s actions. We will be looking into all other available tools offered by our legislative and oversight powers to confront President Obama’s unprecedented abuses of power.
There is a new Congress set to begin and we are eager to work in a bipartisan manner to accomplish the agenda of the American people, including meaningful immigration reform. By going around Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, the President is once again putting his priorities before those of the American people.