Constitution Illegal Immigration Politics

Say Hello to the 11 Republicans who Refuse to Stand Against Obama’s Unlawful Amnesty!

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Bethany Blankley
Written by Bethany Blankley

A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, sued the federal government over its unfunded mandate to provide health insurance and other benefits to illegal aliens. Its case will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 18, 2016.

Adding to their effort, 43 U.S. Senators filed an Amicus Brief with the Court, requesting that the justices affirm the U.S. District Court’s ruling. On the eve of implementing Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration and amnesty, the District Court place an injunction on the program, halting his actions. Eleven Republicans chose not to sign (see below.)

At issue is the powers the Framers specifically delineated to each of the three branches of government in the U.S. Constitution, which Obama has disregarded, called, the Separation of Powers.

The Brief states:

“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. 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.”

The Brief also addresses the issue of Prosecutorial Discretion, which was never designed to be misused to grant benefits to illegal aliens. According to the General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2000:

“THE DOCTRINE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION APPLIES TO ENFORCEMENT DECISIONS, NOT BENEFIT DECISIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, A DECISION TO CHARGE, OR NOT TO CHARGE, AN ALIEN WITH A GROUND OF DEPORTABILITY IS CLEARLY A PROSECUTORIAL ENFORCEMENT DECISION. BY CONTRAST, THE GRANT OF AN IMMIGRATION BENEFIT, SUCH AS NATURALIZATION OR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS, IS A BENEFIT DECISION THAT IS NOT A SUBJECT FOR PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION.”

The U.S. Senators who signed the Amicus Brief include:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Shelley Capito (R-WV)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Daniel Coats (R-IN)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Michael Crapo (R-ID)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
James Lankford (R-OK)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
David Perdue (R-GA)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Benjamin Sasse (R-NE)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
John Thune (R-SD)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)

The ELEVEN Republicans who chose not to sign the Amicus Brief include:

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)

 

Update: One of our dear readers tells us that she’s contacted Senator Toomey’s office about this and they assure her that he is petitioning to have his name added to the amicus brief. However, we’ve been unable to find confirmation of this, but we thought it was worth noting.

 

Reposted with Permission from Constitution.com.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is the Senior Editor for Constitution.com. She hosts "America's Betrayal" on Renegade Talk Radio Network. Her columns have been published by The Washington Times, Newsday, Western Journalism, Townhall, The Christian Post, Charisma News, and others. She was a former communications strategist to four Senators, one Congressman, one New York governor, and several nonprofits. She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Theology and Political Science. Follow her: @bethanyblankley & www.bethanyblankley.com.

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