WASHINGTON, DCñ On Friday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administrationís change in immigration enforcement policy:
ìIn his latest Friday surprise, President Obama has acted outside the Constitution and issued an imperial decree, acting to unilaterally and fundamentally ignore the law without any consent or authorization from Congress, ìsaid Poe. ìInstead of focusing on putting the 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans back to work, he will halt deportations and immediately make work permits available to young undocumented immigrants.
Through no fault of their own, young undocumented immigrants are here as a result of decades of the federal governmentís failure to enforce immigration law in this country. They are one of many groups of people affected by Americaís broken immigration system.
But President Obama has no interest in fixing what is broken. Instead of offering a real solution, he has put forward a disingenuous and temporary two year fix in hopes of winning votes in November. This irresponsible (and unconstitutional) legislating from the Executive Branch will only encourage more illegal immigration in the future.
I will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our broken immigration system without sacrificing the rule of law.î