Inhofe Statement on Courts Blocking Obama’s Executive Amnesty

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling in the United States of America vs. State of Texas. With the 4-4 ruling, the lower court’s order in February 2015 that blocked the Obama administration from moving forward with its executive actions on immigration, to include a new program to grant “deferred action” status to roughly 5 million illegal immigrants, will remain in place. 

“Another day, another court blocks the president’s executive overreach that violates our immigration laws put in place by Congress,” Inhofe said. “The president overstepped his legal authority when he used his pen and phone to grant amnesty to roughly 5 million illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court’s decision is a win for Congress, the separation of power, and the rule of law. I will continue to monitor this case as it progresses on the merits and I believe that the judicial system will see these actions for what they are – unconstitutional. We have immigration laws in place that allow people to find a home in America, as an American. I’ve long supported and fought for those who are working to come here to find a better life for themselves and their families through the proper, legal process. This process was established by Congress to protect our nation and our society as well as to protect those who are looking to immigrate here. Our laws need to be enforced and respected.

“The divided ruling from SCOTUS underscores the need for the balance of the court to be decided by the next president and by a Republican. President Obama is eager to stack the highest court to uphold not only this illegal executive action, but the many more that have been or are being challenged in the courts. This election is not just about the next four years, but about the next generation of Americans and our way of life.” 

On April 4, Inhofe joined a group of 43 Senate Republicans in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the challenge by a majority of the nation’s governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration. 

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