Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Supreme Court Blocks President’s Immigration Policy

Jun 24, 2016
Press Release
“Win for the Constitution and Rule of Law”

Executive Action Granted Amnesty to 5 Million Immigrants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan applauded a Supreme Court decision this week that blocked President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. The high court’s tie vote, 4-4, left intact a U.S. Appeals Court ruling that determined the president exceeded his authority in allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to remain and work in the United States.

Buchanan called the action “a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law.”

“No President – Republican or Democrat – has the authority to circumvent the Constitution and change immigration law without the approval of Congress,” Buchanan said. “The separation of powers makes clear that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” – regardless of whether he supports them or not.”

President Obama issued an executive order in 2014 that allowed nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and deportation relief as part of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. One month later 26 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for exceeding its constitutional authority.

Before issuing his executive action, President Obama stated 22 times he did not have the power to unilaterally change immigration law, even saying “I’m not a king.”

The Supreme Court seemed to agree with Obama’s statement on Feb. 14, 2013 when he said, “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed, and Congress, right now, has not changed what I consider to be a broken immigration system, and what that means is we have certain obligations to enforce the laws that are in place, even if we think in many cases the results may be tragic.”