Long, Colleagues Urge Top State Democrats to Sue Obama Over Immigration
Posted on March 31, 2015 09:35 am CDT
WASHINGTON – Six members of Missouri’s Republican delegation in Congress sent a letter to top state Democrats Thursday asking them to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration.
U.S. Reps. Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long and Jason Smith sent the letter to Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster.
“President Obama overstepped his constitutional bounds with his November 2014 unilateral action on immigration,” Long wrote. “My office continues to hear from constituents angered by the president’s lack of regard for our nation’s Constitution.”
Obama issued a set of executive actions on Nov. 20, 2014. Obama’s actions offered a reprieve from deportation to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
The Migration Policy Institute estimated 4 million immigrants could be impacted.
In February 2015, a Texas federal judge placed a temporary hold on Obama’s actions.
“By providing temporary legal status without congressional authorization, the president is causing a constitutional crisis that threatens to upend the separation of powers and the rule of law,” Long wrote. “If these powers are not checked it will further embolden this president, and any future president, to act unilaterally without congressional approval.”
Long wrote the executive action is an insult to those who have followed the law in gaining legal status and to working Missourians who would face competition for jobs.
More than half of the states have joined the lawsuit.