Sacramento, CA — A Mother Lode Congressman blasted the President’s speech on immigration while the Governor applauded it. In the speech, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration.
Governor Jerry Brown commended the speech stating, “In the face of Washington gridlock, the President stepped up for hard-working families across America. This is the right thing to do, and it’s time for Congress to finish the job.”
District Four Congressman Tom McClintock was not so flattering. Here was his response to the speech:
“The President asserted a power to nullify existing immigration law by ordering the executive branch to ignore it. Further, he has ordered 34 million green cards to make possible the employment of illegal immigrants despite federal law that makes their employment a crime. This is a direct violation of his responsibility under Article II to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” and a usurpation of legislative authority, which Article I grants solely to Congress.
The rule of law established in our Constitution forbids the President from selecting which laws he will enforce and which he will ignore or from choosing who must obey the law and who is above the law. It explicitly forbids him to make law by decree. This is the fundamental difference between a nation of laws and a nation of men.
Fortunately, the American Founders provided a variety of checks available to both the legislative and judicial branches. I expect these will begin now to be invoked.”