I don’t know about y’all, but I had grown accustomed to watching in frustration as our spineless GOP politicians stood idly by allowing President Obama a free hand at ruling, instead of leading our nation. While the folks in D.C. have cowered in fear before the Obama administration, the conservative leaders in our state capitals have taken it upon themselves to fight back. So it was not surprising when a coalition of 26 states stood up in defiance against President Obama just last week and asked the Supreme Court to side with them against Obama’s unlawful executive actions.
Earlier this week Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a merits brief on behalf of a majority coalition of states arguing against President Obama’s illegal immigration executive actions. Texas is now joined in lawsuit against the Obama administration by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. That means a majority of our nation, 26 states thus far, are standing in defiance of what they argue (and we agree) is the illegal and unconstitutional actions taken by the Obama administration on illegal immigration.
“The Obama Administration has consistently demonstrated disregard for the rule of law in asserting that it has the legal authority to unilaterally change the immigration policy of the United States,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Rewriting national immigration law requires the full and careful consideration of Congress, not the political will and assertion of one person. As the president himself said numerous times, he alone does not have the authority to grant millions of unauthorized aliens a host of benefits, including work authorization.”
However, since then, something surprising has taken place.
It seems that the bravery of our state leaders has encouraged our weak-kneed national leaders to grow a spine and get involved in fighting back against our despotic executive branch.
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a group of 42 other GOP Senators joined the fight and filed an amicus brief (or a friend-of-the-court brief) with the court in the case of United States v. Texas. Their brief offers support for the 26 states that are suing the Obama administration for his unlawful support of illegal immigration and his attempts to force his immigration policies through executive orders.
In the brief, the Senators argue that the President has violated the Constitution by using executive orders to create unlawful programs:
“Because the executive’s orders contravene the letter and the spirit of the immigration laws, and threaten the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution…
The Executive has a constitutional duty to faithfully execute the immigration laws and, in so 3 doing, may implement rules for the administration of those laws. Yet Congress has never given the Executive unchecked discretion to rewrite federal immigration policy or to fashion its own immigration code. In this case, the Executive sought to do precisely that by granting “lawful presence”—and the governmental benefits that come with it—and work authorization to over four million aliens who are illegally present in the United States and who are otherwise barred from working here or receiving federal benefits under the statutes that Congress has enacted.
There is little doubt that the Executive adopted the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program as part of an explicit effort to circumvent the legislative process.”
All I can say is… it’s about time.
Hopefully, this will spark a trend where we see Congressional Republicans consistently standing against bad liberal policies and standing for good conservative policies. It’s time for them to start legislating the way they campaigned.
Instead of 26 states, it should have included all 50 of them and all of the senators should have been on board with supporting our laws in spite of O’s unlawful actions, but I suppose we should be grateful that more than a handful of senators agreed on this.
My question to the senators would be what prompted this after years of being the rug for O to walk on. Did the campaign cause this turn of events? Did Trump and Cruz make enough noise that they’re finally listening to the people?
Now, will the Court listen too?