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Sen. Cruz Stands with Texas Against President Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Joins amicus brief in Texas v. United States

December 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, this week joined an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by the State of Texas and joined by over 20 other states against President Obama’s illegal amnesty.
 
“President Obama is not only blatantly defying the Constitution by refusing to faithfully execute our nation’s immigration laws; his amnesty policy is harming millions of Texans and Americans,” Sen. Cruz said. “By unilaterally granting amnesty to nearly five million people, the President is inviting even more illegal immigration, which hurts working men and women who have entered the country legally and further strains state governments.
 
“The President has no authority to ignore or rewrite the law. In so doing, the President violates his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. I am proud to stand with the State of Texas in upholding the rule of law against President Obama’s brazen power grab. This is a critical step to restoring the Law of the Land and celebrating legal immigration.”
 
In its lawsuit challenging the President’s executive action, the State of Texas argues that President Obama’s executive amnesty violates federal immigration law and usurps Congress’ constitutional authority to set immigration policy.
 
The amicus brief, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, makes clear that the President’s executive action “changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding [the President’s] constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers.”
 
Senators John Cornyn, R-TX, and Roy Blunt, R-MO, also joined the amicus brief, as did Representatives Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, Diane Black, R-TN, Dave Brat, R-VA, Jeff Duncan, R-SC, John Fleming, R-LA, Randy Forbes, R-VA, Virginia Foxx, R-NC, Trent Franks, R-AZ, Trey Gowdy, R-SC, H. Morgan Griffith, R-VA, Vicky Hartzler, R-MO, Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, Mike Kelly, R-PA, David McKinley, R-WV, Jeff Miller, R-FL, Alan Nunnelee, R-MS, Pete Olson, R-TX, Ted Poe, R-TX, Bill Posey, R-FL, Tom Price, R-GA, Phil Roe, R-TN, Adrian Smith, R-NE, Lamar Smith, R-TX, and Rob Wittman, R-VA.

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