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About Executive Amnesty

Dear Friend,
The House has taken an unprecedented step to stop President Obama’s executive overreach. We have voted to authorize Speaker Ryan to officially weigh in with the Supreme Court in a case that tests the legitimacy of the President’s executive amnesty.Filling this brief in the case U.S. v. Texas is a first-of-its-kind action. But the President’s drastic overreach calls for a tough response on behalf of the House. As Speaker Ryan said, “The president is not permitted to write law, only Congress is.” I couldn’t agree more.

 

It has been just over a year since President Obama announced his plans to use his executive authority to make sweeping changes to our immigration laws. The President took this step despite saying many times that he didn’t even have the legal authority to do so. Yet he moved forward anyway.

 

In response to the President’s actions, Texas has led nearly two dozen states in suing the Administration to stop it. Texas and the other states have won every round of court. The case is expected to be argued before the Supreme Court in April.

 

Our vote in the House allows Speaker Ryan to file a brief with the Supreme Court that officially states our opposition to the President’s blanket amnesty program in defense of Congress’s powers under the Constitution.

 

I have always believed that a nation that does not have control of its borders does not have control of its security. That’s why I have consistently worked to strengthen border security and enforce the law of the land.  I’ve also worked hard to defend our Constitution and speak out against the President’s executive overreach. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will do the same.

 

It is an honor to represent you in the U.S. Congress.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg Walden
U.S. Representative
Oregon’s Second District


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