U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Fifth Circuit Ruling on Immigration in Place
Utah AG Reyes says the President’s policy “does not justify implementation in an unconstitutional manner.”
SALT LAKE CITY June 24, 2016 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Obama Administration’s executive action on immigration:
“Utah joined this lawsuit because, regardless of how you feel about the President’s policy, it does not justify implementation in an unconstitutional manner. In this case, as in so many others, the President overstepped his authority in making law without Congressional participation. Whether the policy relates to immigration, public school bathrooms, hydraulic fracking, water management or public lands, it is the role of Congress to pass national laws.
“While serious deficiencies exist in current immigration policy, solutions should come through Congress, not by executive branch fiat. If Congress is ignored, any extension of benefits or rights is tenuous and subject to being withdrawn as arbitrarily as they were given. The Latino Community and all Americans deserve better.
“The President, regardless of political party, must respect the rule of law and separation of powers. At the same time, Congress has not only the legal authority but also the moral responsibility to take up critical matters such as these no matter how difficult they may be.”
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