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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Isakson Continues Fight Against Obama's Overreach on Immigration

'If Congress must use the courts to force the president to follow the law... so be it'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., this week filed an amicus brief with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Georgia and 25 other states, arguing that the president’s unilateral, deferred-action programs for unlawful immigrants are unconstitutional and are contrary to congressional intent.

The amicus brief, filed by Isakson and 112 members of Congress in conjunction with the American Center for Law and Justice, supports a continued injunction against President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration in the case of Texas v. United States.

“Any attempt to circumvent Congress and grant amnesty to millions in this country illegally is unacceptable and unconstitutional,” Isakson said. “The U.S. District Court in Texas said in February that the president’s executive action on immigration is illegal. The president continues to circumvent Congress by executive action, and if Congress must use the courts to force the president to follow the laws he has sworn to uphold, then so be it.”

In December 2014, following President Obama’s executive actions on immigration including halting the deportations of millions of illegal immigrants, some 26 states, led by Texas, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging his overreach. On Dec. 13, 2014, during a series of votes on the Senate floor, Isakson supported a point of order by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declaring the president’s plan to grant amnesty unconstitutional. The then-Democrat-controlled Senate rejected Cruz’s point of order by a vote of 22-74.

On Feb.17, 2015, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions. Since then, political appointees at the Justice Department have filed an appeal to lift the injunction. Oral arguments were heard by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on April 17, 2015.

A total of 88 U.S. representatives and 25 U.S. senators, including Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., co-signed the brief.