Johnson: Federal Court Strengthens Argument That President Obama Overreached With Executive Amnesty


Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Immigration

Senator Ron Johnson made the following remarks today after learning a federal district court ruled against President Obama's executive overreach:

"The federal district court ruling and temporary injunction against President Obama's executive amnesty once again shows that the president has exceeded his legal and constitutional authority. The states bringing this lawsuit, which include Wisconsin, are right to be concerned about the costs that will be imposed on their taxpayers by these illegal executive actions. As chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I called a recent hearing on executive amnesty. The committee raised a number of other serious issues, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' inability to effectively administer the actions, the resulting harmful effect on legal immigrants, and the issuance of Social Security numbers to people who entered this country illegally, allowing them to access a variety of financial benefits. I hope that the district court's ruling will be upheld and that the Senate will vote on a bill to fund all of the Department of Homeland Security's important activities except for the illegal executive amnesty."