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Agenda of Nation's Governors and Illegal Immigration Orders

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Sunday, 22 February 2015 10:41 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The President’s controversial executive order dealing with illegal immigration and the resulting court case that led a U.S. District Court judge to strike them down will be on the agenda of the nation’s governors as they meet in Washington February 21-23.

"They [the executive order and legal action] are already being discussed," Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, chairman of the National Governors Association, told Newsmax at the press conference opening the NGA session Saturday morning. "And every governor of is aware of them."

Turning to the NGA’s vice chairman, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah, Hickenlooper noted that Herbert likes to quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis that "the states are laboratories" for public policy.

Along those lines, Hickenlooper said, the President’s order "is accepted in some states and in other states it isn’t. Each state is different."

Herbert agreed, reminding Newsmax that "there are different demographics" in each state. He also took the opportunity to "call on Congress to do something" about the 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

"It’s time for Congress to act," the Utahan said, "If they can’t take five or six steps, than let’s get Step One done. If Step One is to secure the border, than secure the border.

Right now, Herbert added, "Congress seems to be very good at doing nothing."

Both Herbert and Hickenlooper went on to castigate the partisanship that they felt is keeping Congress from taking more initiative on the immigration issue.

Governors, according to Hickenlooper, "are talking about less partisan stuff. [Partisanship in state capitals] is nowhere near as intense" as in Congress.

"Hope springs eternal," Herbert said of Congress enacting legislation to deal with immigration, "Partisanship is not necessarily a bad thing. It leads to new leadership and new opportunities."

But where Members of Congress like to "play ‘king of the hill,’" he said, "governors meet and then we go back to our own hills."

Of newly-elected governors attending their first NGA meeting, Herbert said: "There are some pretty smart people here…[They offer something] much better than the collective view that comes out of Washington DC."



John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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