113 Republicans Back Lawsuit Against Obama’s Immigration Actions

Mike Lillis, The Hill, May 11, 2015

Top Republicans in Congress on Monday entered the court battle over President Obama’s latest moves to ease deportations for immigrants living in the country illegally.

Texas and 25 other states have challenged the legality of the unilateral actions, arguing that the president overstepped his executive power with programs halting deportations and granting work permits to certain groups of illegal immigrants.

The Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), are siding squarely with the states, arguing Obama’s executive action “changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding the executive’s constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers.”

“Congress has created a comprehensive immigration scheme–which expresses its desired policy as to classes of immigrants–but the class identified by the [Homeland Security Department] directive for categorical relief is unsupported by this scheme,” the lawmakers wrote in an amicus brief filed with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

“Instead of setting enforcement priorities,” they added, “it created a class-based program that establishes eligibility requirements that, if met, grant unlawful immigrants a renewable lawful presence in the United States and substantive benefits.”

The brief was endorsed by 113 Republicans, including Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), the majority whip, and Ted Cruz (Texas), a 2016 presidential hopeful. In the House, the supporters include Reps. Trey Gowdy (S.C.); Tom Price (Ga.); Michael McCaul (Texas), head of the Homeland Security Committee; and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the former head of the Judiciary panel.


The administration has appealed Hanen’s temporary injunction, arguing the case before the 5th Circuit last month. The court has yet to rule on the challenge.

The Republicans’ amicus brief argues that the injunction should remain in place while the courts weigh the underlying case.

“President Obama’s decision to ignore the limits placed on his power and act unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws are an affront to the Constitution,” Goodlatte said Monday in a statement.


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  • MekongDelta69

    President Obama’s decision to ignore the limits placed on his power and act unilaterally to rewrite our nation’s immigration laws are an affront to the Constitution…

    As if ‘Dear Leader‘ gives one whit about The Constitution.

    • LexiconD1

      You’re on a good roll today.

      • MekongDelta69

        That’s my ‘role’ here. 😉

  • What makes me a bit suspicious here is that you have names listed here of Republicans that are either openly for zero immigration enforcement (McConnell, Goodlatte, Gowdy), one who is pretty much there (Cornyn), one from the mushy middle (Cruz).

    I do find it curious that not a single Democrat signed this.


      All smoke and mirrors with politicians these days. It’s hard to find one that qualifies as a “good leader”.

      • mobilebay

        Our only hope is Sen. Jeff Sessions. Wish he’d throw his hat in the ring. Illegals need to be deported, border manned by our military, eliminate birthright citizenship, mandate E-verify and immediately stop all benefits. One other thing…stop all financial aid to countries whose citizens break into OUR country.

        • LAGERTHA

          I agree, Senator Sessions is a good man with integrity and conviction. The lone voice on the hill for the American people, it seems. A truly sad state of affairs for the good White people of this Country.

          I’m afraid the corporate money-machine has won the battle for this Country as we know it.

          Whites need to start thinking about their own preservation and interests now.

          • The WSJ editorial page has declared war on Jeff Sessions.

            That’s as good as Jeff Sessions winning.

          • LAGERTHA

            In my college days back in the 80’s reading the WSJ for my Business Administration courses was a must to keep up with current events. I’m sorry to say that I have put all the popular media rags away, and taken the television out of our home many years ago to the protest of my husband, who now is grateful for the peaceful silence.

      • Realist

        “All smoke and mirrors with politicians these days. It’s hard to find one that qualifies as a “good leader”.”

        All smoke and mirrors with politicians these days. It’s impossible to find one that qualifies as a “good leader”.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      I find it more “curious” that 121 ostensible “Republicans” did NOT sign onto this…

  • superlloyd

    Too little, too late.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Busy work.

  • Luca D.

    Republicans have become adept at pointing out what’s wrong, while doing nothing much about it.

    • Petronius

      Yes, another meaningless gesture to give themselves cover.

      If they were really serious they would have impeached him a long time ago.

      • george00

        For the 100th time the Republicans don’t have the votes to impeach Obongo. There are 52 Repubs. in the Senate and it would take 66 to convict. Dems. aren’t going along so it would be a waste of time.

        • Lexonaut

          It would be a terrific public relations gesture, and it would leave a black and white trail in the Congressional Record.

        • Petronius

          For the 100th time, whether the Republicans could gain a two-thirds majority for conviction in the Senate is not the point.

          The crimes of Nerobama against the Constitution and the American people are unprecedented in the American experience, at least since Reconstruction. The evidence against him should be carefully marshaled, documented, and presented in a thorough and lawyer-like way. If, after that, the Senate Democrats do not vote to impeach, then more shame on them.

          Nerobama is the first president to weaponize the entire machinery of government to target ordinary American citizens, the common man. This alone is the essence of tyranny, and it should not go unanswered.

          This über-presidency, as Constitutional Law Prof. Jonathan Turley calls it, the arrogance, the thinly-veiled threats, the punish-our-enemies message and the colossal lies, the Bolshevik-style thuggery, the my-way-or-the-highway methods, the shut-up-or-I’ll-kill-your-dog message, the no-opposition-will-be-tolerated and in-your-face conqueror aspect of this regime has to be seen as something entirely novel in the American experience.

          A line has been crossed.

  • Eagle1212

    Instead of waiting a long time for a lawsuit that will end up going nowhere, how about sending the military down to the border to patrol it or just keep on detaining and deporting illegals as it should be or both?

    • Lexonaut

      which political party will call for that or support it? Not the D’s, not the R’s, not the L’s.

  • Tarczan

    I heard an Ohio Congressman on Saturday say that they can’t stop Obama from doing whatever he wants. he wasn’t happy about it, just being honest.

    • LexiconD1

      They can vote to suspend his EO privileges.

      • Tarczan

        I don’t think they have the stomach for it, they are afraid of being called racist.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      He was a lying P.O.S., too…!

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    “You have the rise of an uber-presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty, and I really think the founders would be horrified…” (Jonathan Turley, constitutional scholar, in testimony before Congress, December 3, 2013)

    “I believe we’re now at a constitutional tipping point in our system. It’s a dangerous point for our system to be in.” (Turley, Feb. 13)

    “He has said he’s going to resolve the deadlock in Congress, the division with Congress, by ordering changes on his own terms, as a majority of one. That’s what makes it dangerous.” (Turley, July 16, 2014)

  • tetrapod

    As always, the repubs do a good dog and pony show against immigration. In the end we know they’ll follow the $$$.

    • spahnranch69 .

      Actually, they are now following the shekels.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    Too bad many of these same republicans would eagerly back anything that Jebus Bush might try and push through should he become President.

  • AmericanRemnant

    Just more political theater for public consumption. Criminals decrying the actions of criminals, nothing new or substantial.

  • Jason Lewis

    We no longer have a Constitutional Republic. Our Executive Branch can do anything. By the time courts catch up their terms are up and nothing will happen to them.

    • Lexonaut

      “By the time courts catch up their terms are up and nothing will happen to them.”

      And anyway they’re becoming increasingly willing to simply ignore court orders.

  • WR_the_realist

    So the same Mitch McConnell who rolled over almost immediately on funding the amnesty now backs a lawsuit saying the amnesty is illegal. Why were you willing to fund an illegal action, Mitch?

  • ZenSouth

    It’s all public theater designed for the masses.

  • John Smith

    They’re only doing this because they want to put through their own immigration plan to sell out America and get the beaners to know that it was the GOP who gave them amnesty.

  • Light from the East

    Even Republicans are generally conservative, they are divided. That’s why they showed their actions loudly to the public but only few things were done against Democrats. That’s not enough to represent and save the true American core value. Maybe the next step for AR is to change Republicans from the inside and influence more people to get them united when all conditions are met.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Sab365 is running this story at his blog.


  • When Democrats act to prevent the current occupant from obtaining more power in a trade bill, it poses several questions voters must answer. WTF is the point of electing republicans, if they refuse to resist the first black president or democrat laws? I knew… the moment I saw Boehner & McConnell reelected as leadership all the work effort expended electing a majority was as futile as their combined conduct in office. They both value their political careers more than they value the Republic, their authority as a branch of government, or Constitutional directives. They believe the voters are rubes who can’t do squat to punish their actions. This lawsuit is as irrelevant as the countless votes against obamacare. These efftards do nothing to stop obama, and there a reason for that that – They Want the Same thing Obama Does. Establishment republicans are Democrat-Lite – want the same things at a slower pace. They actually prefer being the minority. They do! It’s easier. The press leaves them alone. They can pretend they oppose a Democrat law with no risk the press attacks them. When Democrats make laws the public hates, they can act as if they agree with the public with no risk. They can vote against a law, but the law passes anyway = win/win! They remain in office with all the perks. They control a smaller pile of dollars – but the pile remains billion sized. Minority status avoids all the negatives associated with real leadership. Time for a new party – regrettably yes. Electing a stalwart conservative is crucial this next election. That person must promise to end AA laws. The stage is set for that.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    What about the other 121 “Republicans” in the House…?

  • Alexandra1973

    Not only unconstitutional but downright, blatantly anti-America!

    When can we send Obummer and his peeps back to Africa?