Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, responded today to denounce President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The president will announce his plan in prime time Thursday, and then head out to Vegas to campaign for it, mimicking his ghastly behavior after the deadly disaster in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
The two chairmen have sent a letter to the White House in which they express “our disappointment in your continued efforts to bypass Congressional authority.”
He is less “bypassing” than he is just flat out ignoring congressional authority. Obama is also ignoring this month’s elections, in which the Democrats were reduced to regional party status.
The chairmen write that the recent mid-term elections serve as evidence that the American people have rejected Obama’s policies, which he said were on the ballot. They attempt to remind the president that Congress’ duties including writing laws, while presidents are charged with faithfully executing laws. In the letter, they also note that illegal immigration surges whenever there is a promise of amnesty in the air in Washington.
Obama is surely not only aware of that, he is banking on it.
The letter implores Obama to work with Congress, despite the fact that he has already rejected that possibility and will formally reject it Thursday evening. The letter calls on Obama to “respect the Constitution and abandon any unconstitutional, unilateral executive actions on immigration. Let’s secure the border, enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States, and build a broad consensus for immigration reform. Otherwise, as the chairmen of the committees with oversight over border security and our nation’s immigration laws, we will be forced to use the tools afforded to Congress by the Constitution to stop your administration from successfully carrying out your plan.”
Read Reps. McCaul and Goodlatte’s entire warning letter here.