GOP-led House backs legal challenge to Obama on immigration

by Associated Press  |  published on March 18, 2016

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters at a weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Republicans say Obama exceeded his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. They prevailed on a 234-186 vote Thursday that authorizes Speaker Paul Ryan to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Thursday to embrace the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration in an election-year fight over executive authority and the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally that has roiled the Republican Party.

Republicans who hold a commanding majority cast the issue as Obama exceeding his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. They prevailed on a 234-186 vote that authorizes Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to file a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas.

A lawsuit from 26 states, led by Texas, challenges Obama’s actions, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments next month and possibly rule in June.

“It is about the integrity of our Constitution,” said Ryan, who maintained that any changes in the immigration system rests with Congress acting legislatively. “Those lines — that separation of powers — could not be clearer. But in recent years, the executive branch has blurred these boundaries, to the point of overstepping them altogether.”

  • Benjamin Michel

    I think it time for we the people take a stand and tell them it time for them to get behind Mr Trump or else all hell will brake lose!!

  • retiredairforce

    Ryan is a hypocrite. He helped spearhead the annual appropriations bill which funds resettlement of refugees, illegal aliens and offers them free health care, welfare, housing, food stamps, cash, job assistance and other services while homeless and jobless Americans including veterans live in tent cities or in the streets. Ryan sees Trump as a threat to the Chamber of Commerce, Business Round Table and K-Street owned pro open borders/cheap labor corrupt GOP establishment’s prestige, power, status, wealth and now finally is addressing illegal immigration because the American people through Trump have voiced their anger and disgust with the GOP and their Democratic ally’s open borders/welfare state agenda.

  • Roy

    Oh, NOW they want to challenge Obama? Where the Hell have they been the last seven years, or at least the last five and a half years when they have held a majority? NOW it’s about the integrity of the Constitution? Obama has been pissing on the Constitution since his first week in office. Again, where the Hell have they been all this time? Suddenly they are figuring out why people have no trust in them and no support for them and they are scrambling to try and look like they are actually doing something. In my book it’s too little, too late.

  • Dandy

    Lot of tuff talk, and that’s all it is from the gutless lying stab us in the back SOB gop. Every last one needs to be gone. Don’t care how it’s done.

  • Michael Dennewitz

    Doesn’t mean diddly squat! All nothing more than noise! NONE have the balls to challenge the Lil halfbreed on ANYTHING! !! yadda,yadda,yadda!!

  • sue lenhart

    Just another election year trying- to- save- face-with-the-voters kerfuffle. Meanwhile, in the background, six Republican senators have quietly agreed to meet with Mr. Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, even though their “leader”, Mr. Mitch McConnell, has publicly said that they will not consider any Supreme Court nominee until after the new POTUS is sworn in in January, 2017. Unfortunately, the Senator from my home state, Ohio, Mr. Rob Portman, is one of those six senators. Fortunately, Mr. Portman is up for reelection in November 2016. Notice to all Ohio voters: remember this when you go to the polls this November!

    • mudguy1

      The GOP has no idea what unity is. If those six were on a football team and the Quarterback call for a running play to the right side and those six refused to block they would be benched and put off the team.
      The big problem that the GOP has is there are too many Democrats poising as Republicans in the GOP. We have too many Rino’s on the loose. They need to be put back in the zoo.

  • T.W.

    This is just a Rino head fake in response to Trump’s rhetoric. TRUMP 2016!!! Don’t count on any actual action from them when the pressure is off. TRUMP 2016!!!

  • paulyz

    Certainly glad to hear this!! Should have been stopped before this though.

    • Karll

      Hmmmmm, maybe they see the popularity of Trumps immigration stance.

      • Old Vet

        All they see now is Trump upsetting their cozy little apple cart of corruption. It is scaring the crap out of them with the thought of actually having to be held accountable by the voters.

  • Debbie

    Sounds like the drums or pounding, This has been going on for 7 years are they feeling alittle heat?

    • podunk1

      If citizens gave life and limbs in freezing snow to defend America against Hitler, then congress can stop betraying the same oath to defend and start enforcing the Constitution and penalties for treason! Congressional cowardice isn’t over bullets, its fear of feelings being hurt or cut off from political bribes!!

      Betraying allegiance; adhering to, aiding, comforting, or abetting enemies; of the Constitution define treason (Article 3 Sec.3 TREASON! Betrayal demands blunt and simple ACTION by Amendment 14- Sec. 3 “No (oath bound) person shall … hold any office… (who has) engaged in insurrection (opposition against Constitution authority) or rebellion against the (Constitution), or given aid or comfort to (its) enemies…”and Section 4 “…neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States…”! Congress is mandated to enforce those Supreme Laws as written (2nd oath & Article 6)! ANY constitution change requires states’ ratified amendments!

      2nd oath includes absolute allegiance and FIDELITY to defend every bit of the Constitution, which includes Article 1 Sections 1&2&3&6 SOLE CONGRESSIONAL powers to legislate, impeach, remove, try, judge, and PUNISH without ANY reservation, against ANYONE including FELLOW MEMBER CONGRESSPERSONS, SCOTUS, Roberts, and OBAMA! SCOTUS DOESN’T HAVE ANY OF THAT POWER!! TREASON is a highest capital crime!

      Amendment 14-5 “The Congress shall have power to enforce”, MANDATES REMOVAL ACTION for “shall have engaged in… ”, NOT a majority treasonous vote! They MUST follow up with Article 1 impeachment, trial, etc.!

      Any congressperson inaction or obstruction exposes themselves to the supreme laws noted, and they must be removed and face charges! Supreme law trumps all other law and opinions of all judges and officials (Article 6!)! Allegiance is not negotiable – prosecute and remove traitors!!!

  • skHurricane

    Why hasn’t this been done before now, just because this issue come out during the republican debates. Donald Trump was the first to speak out about amnesty and letting all the immigrates come in illigally.

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