Rep. Calvert (R-CA) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that the Department of Homeland Security would no longer deport young illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria.
"Through this Administrative action, President Obama is once again bypassing Congress. President Obama had previously stated that he could not unilaterally enact the DREAM Act through Administrative action and yet just eight months after making those statements, Obama has done exactly that.
"I certainly understand that most of these young people came here due to no fault of their own, but as a country based on the Rule of Law, respecting our laws and sovereignty are paramount. We cannot set aside some laws for some people. If you are here illegally, you must be put into the deportation process. Instead the President will be granting them legal status and work authorization, to the detriment of the millions of unemployed American citizens and legal workers. This is clearly a political move by the President that is disrespectful to the millions of people who immigrated here legally.
"The new policy is unacceptable and I will be exploring options to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security is upholding the law and deporting people who are living here illegally."