King, Miller Statement on Obama Administration Decision to Limit Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws

Statement

By:  Pete King Candice Miller
Date: Aug. 19, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Today, ¬U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's Thursday announcement that it would limit enforcement of federal immigration laws:

"This new non-enforcement policy announced by the Obama Administration Thursday is a blatant attempt to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal aliens in this country, and is totally unacceptable.

"In reality, this decision to vastly expand the exercise of "prosecutorial discretion' in enforcing our federal immigration laws means that the Administration will now be, in a huge number of cases, simply ignoring those laws.

"The President and members of his Administration must enforce this nation's laws, just as they have sworn in their oaths of office to do.

"On July 25, in a speech to the National Council of La Raza, the President himself said, "I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own…but that's not how our system works…That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written.' Apparently the President's understanding of how our system of government works has changed since last month."