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Rep. Blackburn: Nothing Fair or Legal About Executive Amnesty

By    |   Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:14 PM

There is nothing “fair” about President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said Thursday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.”

Blackburn offered a couple of examples of how the executive order is hurting some of her constituents, including a woman who legally emigrated from Kurdistan who has been waiting to get her permanent resident’s card. When the thousands of people being hired under Obama begin to process the wave of immigrants legalized by his order, the Kurdish woman will be behind those who entered the U.S. illegally.

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“They left unlawful rule in Iraq and came here because of their desire to live in a lawful, free society and to honor people that have broken the rule of law makes no sense at all and it's just blatantly unfair,” Blackburn said.

The millions of out-of-work Americans will see the president grant work permits to the millions of people who broke the law when they entered the United States, she said, while Americans born here will “be at the back of the line.”

“An example of this is a constituent of mine who has a masonry company and it is a four generation business in this family and he said he can hardly get enough work now for his son to stay employed because you have those that have illegally come in the country to go in under bid, under cut, do the work and move on, they leave town,” Blackburn said.

She referenced an op-ed piece she penned this week in The Tennessean in which she noted that the “lack of federal enforcement has turned every state into a border state and every city and county into a border town.”

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“And the sheriffs are saying that, whether they're from Pennsylvania or Kentucky or Arizona or Texas … they've got the exact same problem and see, the president does not want to deal with the criminal illegal aliens.”

Blackburn was pleased with a federal judge’s Tuesday ruling that found parts of Obama's executive immigration order to be unconstitutional. The president bypassed Congress in granting deportation relief and work permits to millions of people in the country illegally, the judge found.

“Number one, inaction by Congress does not make unconstitutional executive action constitutional,” Blackburn said. “Second, the point was the executive action goes beyond the prosecutorial discretion provision. What the president is doing is legislation, it is not discretion. The role cannot be shared with other branches of government any more than the president can share his veto power or Congress can share its power to override the veto.

“The judge brought that decision forward based on those components. The judge also said the executive amnesty would allow those illegal immigrants into the country to gain substantive rights. Obama is seeking to override the other branches of government and he cannot do that.”

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