June 15, 2012
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Rick Santorum Condemns President Obama's Abuse of Power on Immigration
Verona, PA - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's actions today on immigration:
"Today, President Obama blatantly ignored our Constitution, the role of Congress in making laws, and the separation of powers. He showed us all that he believes he is above the Constitution and the law on healthcare, marriage, religious freedom and now immigration.
"President Obama's ideology, his inability to lead and build consensus, and his political self-interest guide his policies rather than the public interest. The contribution of immigrants to our country is central to our success, but so is the Constitution and the rule of law. We should honor both rather than undermining legal immigration and Constitutional principles such as separation of powers.
"President Obama's actions today are part of a disturbing and arrogant pattern where he believes that his administration knows better than those who we elect to represent us in Congress. And if he has the opportunity to govern for four more years, I strongly believe our country's future prosperity is at risk."
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(Washington, DC -- June 15, 2012) Today the Obama administration announced a brazen usurpation of Congressional authority by using executive power to implement the DREAM Act. Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will grant deferred action and possible work authorization to certain illegal aliens under the age of 30 who arrived in the U.S. before 16 years of age. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano expects that nearly 1 million illegal aliens will be granted amnesty through this effort.
“Over the past ten years, Congress has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act. Now, five months before the presidential election, the Obama administration is unilaterally rewriting our immigration laws, defying Congressional authority and threatening our constitutional framework,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
“This is a blatant abuse of executive power that ignores the will of Congress and the American people,” charged Stein. “The Obama administration is engaging in a shameless display of political pandering to satisfy a narrow slice of its party.
“Since taking office the President has slowly stripped away the federal government’s immigration enforcement authority and barred the states from effectively protecting Americans from the burden of illegal immigration,” continued Stein. “The consequence of these actions, and the Administration’s latest expansion of its backdoor amnesty strategy, is the shredding of the Constitution, a wholesale rejection of the rule of law, and an open invitation for more illegal immigration.”
For Immediate Release
|Landmark Immigration Action Expands Opportunities for Students|
“All children deserve access to a quality public education and a fair shot at realizing their dreams”
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on President Obama’s executive action halting the deportation of hardworking, law-abiding immigrant youth.
children deserve access to a quality public education and a fair shot
at realizing their dreams. President Obama has given hope to young
people who have demonstrated good citizenship by pursuing college or
protecting our nation. The nearly 1 million youths affected by this
decision have done everything our society has asked them to do. They
have worked hard, studied hard, and are pursuing college educations.
These young immigrants are our students, and they deserve a chance to
become productive members of our society without living with constant
fear and uncertainty.
more than ever, Congress needs to pass the DREAM Act and give
hardworking students a path toward legal permanent status and,
eventually, citizenship. Maintaining barriers to their success does
nothing to benefit our economy, our national security or our collective
Statement from MoveOn.org on the Obama Administration’s immigration decision:
Today’s announcement by President Obama will make a profound difference in the lives of many hard-working young people who have made significant contributions to our country. We commend President Obama for taking this important step. And we are deeply grateful for the tireless efforts of those who have championed fair immigration policies, especially the Dreamers -- the thousands of young people who put their futures on the line to lead this movement. To all of the activists who brought about this victory, we congratulate you and thank you for your sacrifices and inspiration.