Apr 05 2016

Graham Opposes Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today signed on to an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration.

The brief is in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation’s governors and attorneys generals to the Obama Administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court took up this case (United States of America vs. State of Texas) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in November of 2015 affirmed a preliminary injunction by a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas blocking the Obama Administration from moving forward with actions that are in violation of federal law. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on this case on April 18th.

“Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matter is nothing less than an effort to supplant Congress’s constitutional power to ‘establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Such an action stands in stark contravention to federal law and to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers,” the Senators’ amicus brief states. “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.”

Graham was joined on the brief by 43 Senators.

A copy of the brief is available at: http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=756FB156-997E-43F9-B576-1812BFC8C5EE