Wyoming senators denounce President Obama’s action on executive amnesty
Unilateral action without a single vote in Congress
November 20, 2014
Below are two press releases issued today by Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso on President Obama’s announcement to issue unilateral executive orders to grant amnesty to over 4 million people in the United States illegally.
Sidestepping Congress on immigration erodes the very foundation of our country, form of government
Senator Mike Enzi media release
Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced unilateral changes to America’s immigration policies today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) by use of executive orders. These orders will grant amnesty to at least 4 million people without a single vote in Congress.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed previous attempts at providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the president’s plan and said the president is acting outside of his authority.
"By circumventing Congress on immigration and instituting his will through executive actions, President Obama is eroding the very foundation of our country and form of government," said Enzi. "This sets a dangerous precedent where future presidents can flout any law they happen to disagree with and alter the law without going through Congress. Each branch of government is to act as a check against the others and not sit idly by as one exercises authority it does not have. A constitutional law professor should know that."
Sidestepping the constitution should be an issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree is not in the best interests of the nation, according to Enzi.
"The new Republican majority the American people just elected should not stand idle. I am an opponent of amnesty, but this is part of a much larger fight. We’ve seen the damage done over the past six years because of Obamacare and rogue agencies like the IRS and EPA. I will continue to fight executive overreach, including amnesty by executive order, whether by targeting rampant, unaccountable federal spending, working to reverse illegal executive orders with legitimate federal laws, or using the Congressional Review Act to reject the President’s actions. I will be looking closely at every option," said Enzi.
Barrasso Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Executive Amnesty
"In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."
Senator Barrasso media release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) , U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty:
"President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty flies in the face of his promises to follow the law, deliver ‘fairness’ and help jobless Americans. His reckless and unlawful decision makes it even harder for Washington to solve our immigration challenges.
"It didn’t have to be this way. Republicans have made it clear that we support responsible immigration reform that would secure our borders and modernize our broken system.
"Instead of reaching across the aisle after the election, President Obama has shut down the opportunity for common ground. In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."