RJC Statement Regarding Pres. Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
Washington, D.C. – The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded to President Obama’s announcement of his administrative order making substantive changes in U.S. immigration policy. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:
“RJC members hold a variety of views on whether and how immigration policy should be changed. Nevertheless, we are united in strong concern that President Obama has exceeded his legitimate authority by making such far-reaching changes unilaterally and in defiance of the constitutionally designated law-making organ of our government – the Congress.
“Although this concern unites Republicans, it should not be characterized as merely partisan. In fact, qualms have been voiced about the appropriateness of the President’s action by observers who share his general outlook and his specific immigration policy aims: the editors of the Washington Post1, National Journal columnist Ron Fournier2, and MSNBC commentator Lawrence O’Donnell3.
“We hope others who are inclined to welcome the results of the President’s action will consider the arguments these allies of theirs have made about its broader negative ramifications.
“This action by the President sets a belligerent tone for the last two years of his presidency. When Congress rightly resists the President’s diminishment of its constitutional prerogatives, the President will have only himself to blame.”