Lance: Obama “brought us closer to constitutional confrontation”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

No commentary required for Rep. Leonard Lance’s respond to Thursday night’s absurd executive action announcement, Save Jerseyans:

“President Obama has stretched his constitutional powers and his actions this evening have brought us closer to a constitutional confrontation.  Rather than work constructively with the new 114th Congress in January to reform our Nation’s broken immigration system, the President is awarding amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants unilaterally in violation of the exclusive power of Congress to amend statutory law.  In response, my colleagues in both the U.S. House and the Senate will review all of the tools established by the Founders to restrain executive overreach, including the power of the purse and the authority to write legislation.  Litigation may be necessary to reaffirm the essential role of Congress under our system of checks and balances. Congress must not allow the President’s actions to stand unchallenged.”

“While Congress certainly understands the need for reforms to the current system, it is imperative that we work together to pass legislation that improves our immigration system, increases border security, and disincentives undocumented immigration from illegally entering the United States,”  they wrote.  “Any unilateral action taken by the Administration will impede our efforts.”

“We ask that you deliver on your word and allow Congress to debate and vote on a bill for you to sign. We strongly encourage the Administration under your leadership, to work with the 114th Congress to pass sensible, long-term reforms to address our nation’s immigration issues. Our nation’s immigrants deserve concrete policies that become law after thorough discussions,”  the lawmakers concluded.