Today, Congressman Frank Guinta voted to approve an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of 26 states. Texas and 25 others argue that the Obama Administration acted illegally, when it expanded work permits and other benefits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, including the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents.
"Many times, President Obama said that he has no authority to unilaterally change our country's immigration laws, over which Congress has sole authority. Twenty six states agree -- and successfully sued in federal court to stop the President's expansion of state and federal benefits to illegal immigrants. Not only did he violate the Constitution's separation of powers, and its language that he faithfully execute all laws, the President violated the Administrative Procedure Act, guaranteeing the public's right to review and comment on regulations. Granite Staters, through their elected representatives and established rules, deserve a say in the future of their country.
"In deciding to hear United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court has also underscored the economic harm of the Administration's weak enforcement of our borders and criminal laws. New Hampshire, other states and the federal government must bear the financial costs. With important programs already facing insolvency, those costs could be catastrophic, especially for the poorest Americans. New Hampshire's heroin epidemic is another consequence of our insecure southern border, across which dangerous gangs transport drugs and human cargo. A cheap and deadly supply of heroin is flooding the Granite State.
"To protect our Constitution, economy and communities, the House is joining a majority of states to challenge the President's reckless overreach."
Last year, a lower court blocked the Obama Administration's implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, the program that defers deportation and expands benefits to illegal immigrants. Despite the court's ruling, the Department of Homeland Security continued issuing deferrals, in addition to over 100,000 it did not report before the ruling.