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The Obama Executive Immigration Action: Mississippi’s Delegation Reacts

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As expected, Pres. Obama’s executive action on immigration has gotten a thumbs down reaction from the state’s D.C. delegation. Senators Cochran and Wicker, and Rep. Palazzo have already sent in statements to News Mississippi, saying they oppose the action, not just because they dislike his immigration policies, but because he took matters into his own hands.

“This amnesty order undermines the rule of law and threatens our system of checks and balances. The President and his liberal allies in Washington have convinced themselves that we have an imminent deportation crisis. The reality is that we have a border security crisis,” said Sen. Roger Wicker.

“No president has the authority to act unilaterally in this manner – something that the courts will surely determine. In the coming months, the new Republican Congress will look to use the power of the purse and the judicial system to rein in this executive overreach.”

“There is no justifiable reason for President Obama to act alone now to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States,” said Sen. Thad Cochran.

“The same pressures to secure our borders and reform our legal immigration system will exist in January when the new Congress convenes.  By circumventing the legislative process now, I believe the President is making it much harder to address those problems.

“The Congress should review its best options and then act responsibly to address the President’s actions and ensure the primacy of the rule of law.”

Rep. Steven Palazzo said he is completely opposed to the plan.

President Obama is not a dictator, not a king, but an elected President bound by the Constitution of the United States.  Yet, he continues to push his own personal agenda of overreaching, unwanted policies with a reckless disregard for the will of the American people,” he said.

“Law-abiding citizens in our country are fed up with this administration, and rightly so.  While the president grants amnesty to countless illegal immigrants, millions of American citizens are still struggling to find work.

It’s time for the president to stop playing politics and instead put the American people first.  I will do everything within my power to prevent this unconstitutional and unwelcomed action.”

Members of the Miss. Immigrants Rights Alliance said they are good with the idea, but told WAPT-TV, that there are issues with enforcement and eligibility.

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