Twenty-six states are challenging before the Supreme Court Barry Obama’s policy of granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Republicans in the US Senate are getting in on the action as well:
Many Senate Republicans are offering their support to the 26 states challenging the president’s executive amnesty programs. They’re filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing Obama’s November 2014 unilateral actions are in violation of the “spirit” of immigration law and a threat to the separation of powers.
“Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matter is nothing less than an effort to supplant Congress’s constitutional power to ‘establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Such an action stands in stark contravention to federal law and to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers,” the Senators’ brief reads.
It adds, “There is little doubt that the Executive adopted the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (‘DAPA’) program as part of an explicit effort to circumvent the legislative process.”
Led by Senate Majority LeaderSen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 43 GOP senators signed on to the brief.
[…] The names of 11 senators were noticeably absent from the list, many of whom are up for reelection in relatively tough November races, includingSen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), andSen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) also did not sign the brief.[…]