Hudson: Outrage at president’s immigration order remains

Like you, I am absolutely outraged at President Barack Obama’s “my way or no way” approach to the serious issues facing our nation.

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson This Week in Washington

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson
This Week in Washington

From unilaterally re-writing his signature health care law, to enacting sweeping illegal amnesty policies, we’ve seen the President and his Administration continually undermine the rule of law. These actions are a violation of our constitutional separation of powers and the system of checks and balances our forefathers established. To make matters worse, the President’s liberal policies are ones that Americans neither want nor what our country needs to get back on track.

By bypassing Congress to unilaterally change our immigration laws, President Obama is disrespecting our constitution and ignoring the American people who demanded that leaders in Washington work together. His executive order to grant amnesty to more than 5 million unlawful immigrants is unacceptable, and I do not support it. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is an affront to American workers and the people who are trying to join our country legally. We are a nation of immigrants, but first and foremost, we are a nation of laws. We cannot continue to have an immigration system that rewards people who break our laws while punishing those who choose to follow them.

As I’ve said before, I recognize our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, but I cannot and will not support any type of immigration reform until we secure the border first. Border security needs to be addressed first as part of a common sense, step-by-step approach that focuses on a long-term solution. Any immigration reform remains ineffective and futile as long as our border remains unsecured.

Further, I have deep concerns that the President’s action will drastically escalate the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. This week, my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee and I will hold a hearing to address the impact of the President’s amnesty on border security and how DHS plans to secure the border and stop any additional illegal immigration. We remain focused on permanent, meaningful reforms that address the root of the problem to stop the influx of illegal immigration.

Just as vital, we are committed to working together to respect our democratic process and the will of the American people. Regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, we should all agree that there is a right way and wrong way to move forward. Immigration is a complex issue deserving of a full and fair debate that includes all leaders in Washington and, most importantly, the will of the very people who elected us to serve. President Obama himself has said 22 times that he would not circumvent Congress and your demands by unilaterally changing or ignoring immigration law. To quote him directly, President Obama said in 2010, “… I am obliged to execute the law. That’s what the Executive Branch means. I can’t just make the laws up by myself.”

Instead of standing by his word, the President has chosen to single-handedly act on this issue and bring more uncertainty to an already broken system. Rest assured, I will do everything in my power to block the Administration’s illegal amnesty policies and I remain committed to working with my colleagues to secure the border.

There will be some tough decisions ahead, but I can assure you that I’m listening to your priorities at home and sharing them with my colleagues. Please let me know what your priorities are when it comes to immigration reform and share your thoughts on the President’s executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants through my website at Hudson.House.Gov or by calling my Washington office at 202-225-3715.

Richard Hudson, a Republican, represents the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes a small part of Mecklenburg County and takes in all or parts of the counties of Cabarrus, Union, Randolph, Rowan, Davidson, Stanly, Anson, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland and Robeson.

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