Keeping Families Together: The President's Executive Action On Immigration And The Need To Pass Comprehensive Reform, Hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, One Hundred and Thirteenth Congress, First Session, December 10, 2014 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is a testimony compilation from the December 10, 2014 hearing on "Keeping Families Together: The President's Executive Action On Immigration And The Need To Pass Comprehensive Reform" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Patrick Leahy: "In the wake of the House's refusal to engage on comprehensive immigration reform, and after years of delay and broken promises by opponents, the President acted. His executive action is a measured and legal response to what we all acknowledge is a broken system. But it is temporary. It is not a substitute for Congressional action and we must keep working to find a permanent answer. It is against this backdrop that we hold today's hearing to return to the heart of the immigration debate -- the impact our broken immigration system has on our families. […] I applaud the President's action to keep families together." From the opening statement of Chuck Grassley: "President Obama's latest action on immigration is the culmination of a pattern of abuse of power. The President swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Yet, his action on immigration is contrary to that oath. It's a serious blow to our system of checks and balances established by the Framers. Most importantly, it's a total disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law. Article I, section 8 confers the power to make immigration laws to Congress. And in Article II, Section 3, the President is charged with taking care that these laws are faithfully executed. But the President's action runs counter to these principles. Instead of faithfully executing the laws, he's told agents and officers within the Department of Homeland Security to suspend enforcement and ignore the laws on the books in blanket fashion." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mazie Hirono, Chuck Grassley, Patrick Leahy, Elizabeth Shuler, Chris Schroeder, John Eastman, Jan Ting, and Astrid Silva.
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