Garrett Statement on Obama's Unconstitutional Amnesty


Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, issued the following statement after President Obama announced that he would violate his oath to uphold the Constitution and grant approximately 5 million illegal immigrants work permits:

"After repeated admissions that the Constitution precludes him from granting amnesty, President Obama has chosen to cast aside his oath to uphold the supreme law of the land and is going to grant amnesty anyway. The president's frustration with Congress, as the Washington Post's editorial board noted, "doesn't grant the president license to tear up the Constitution.' No provision of the Constitution grants the president the power to change the law simply because the president disagrees with Congress. This sets a fatal precedent -- is there no longer any limit to a president's power?

"Today, President Obama has also turned his back on American workers and law-abiding immigrants. At a time when American workers are desperate for jobs, the president has decided to unfairly reward those who have blatantly broken the law with blanket amnesty and work permits, allowing them to directly compete with American workers for jobs that are hard to find already. I am committed to undoing the damage this unconstitutional action will have on our republic."