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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Isakson Statement on Federal District Court Issuing Temporary Stay of Obama Immigration Executive Order

'Time to act on Homeland Security funding'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today issued the following statement after a federal district court in Texas issued a temporary stay of President Obama’s executive order on immigration:

“The Senate has voted multiple times on the House-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill that would hold the president accountable for his unconstitutional executive amnesty. The U.S. District Court in Texas has now affirmed that the president’s executive action on immigration may be illegal. It’s time to act on the Homeland Security funding bill and to stop this executive overreach.”

The legal challenge against President Obama’s executive overreach was brought by 26 states, including Georgia.

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to expire on Feb. 27, 2015. The Senate voted on whether to begin debate on a U.S. House of Representatives-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill on Feb. 2, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 2015. The motion needed 60 votes to pass, but failed each time because of Democratic opposition. A House-passed measure is the only way to ensure funding for the Department of Homeland Security, because all funding measures must originate in the U.S. House.

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