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Strange, Palmer, Roby Comment on US Supreme Court Decision Blocking Executive Amnesty

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 23, the US Supreme Court decision leaving the injunction in place blocking President Obama’s controversial Executive Amnesty program from being implemented.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) hailed the US Supreme Court’s decision today to effectively block President Obama’s Executive Amnesty program. AG Strange said, “This is a strong victory for the Constitution, the rule of law and for the conservative Attorneys General who took this important case all the way to the highest court in the land and prevailed.”

Attorney General Strange said, “Today’s Supreme Court 4 – 4 tie vote effectively blocks President Obama’s illegal Executive Amnesty program, allowing the lower federal court ruling against the immigration program to stand. Alabama was one of more than two dozen states joined in a legal challenge of President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Today’s decision should send a strong signal to the President and his administration that they cannot continue to ignore the Constitution, Congress and the rule of law.”

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said, “The Supreme Court’s decision affirms the separation of powers, one of the most fundamental governing principles in our Constitution. The president cannot legislate or rule like a king. I believe this decision sends a strong message to President Obama and future presidents that constitutional order and the rule of law must prevail in this country.”

US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said, “Today the Supreme Court put the power back in the hands the American people, not President Obama’s,” said Palmer. “Their 4-4 tied decision thwarts the President’s attempt to unconstitutionally overrule current immigration laws. Laws are made by the people through their elected representative, not through Executive Action. We must work together to enforce our current immigration laws and secure our borders, but today we celebrate this victory for the American people.”

Congresswoman Roby said, “Our illegal immigration problem is very real. President Obama’s amnesty orders only served to exacerbate the problem by inviting even more illegal immigrants to cross our border and by poisoning any progress Congress could make toward meaningful solutions.”

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Congressman Palmer said, “Amnesty won’t solve our immigration problems. We have to secure the border and enact better polices that discourage illegal entry, punish lawbreakers and promote America’s economic interests.”

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said, “Today, Article I of the Constitution was vindicated. The Supreme Court’s ruling makes the president’s executive action on immigration null and void. The Constitution is clear: The President is not permitted to write laws—only Congress is. This is another major victory in our fight to restore the separation of powers.”

The 4 to 4 decision means that when the next President appoints deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement that new justice will likely decide this issue one way or the other.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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