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Blunt Praises Supreme Court Decision Blocking President Obama’s Executive Amnesty

June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement praising the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a lower court ruling blocking the implementation of President Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms what the president himself said at least 22 times: he does not have the authority to take unilateral action on immigration,” Blunt said. “This is a victory for the Constitution, and a rebuke of the president’s attempt to vastly expand his own power at the expense of Congress and the will of the American people. We are a nation of laws, and I will continue working to stop the president’s executive overreach.”

In April of this year, Blunt joined 42 of his Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief supporting the lawsuit, led by the state of Texas and backed by a majority of the nation’s governors and state attorneys general, challenging President Obama’s executive amnesty.

In January 2015, Blunt reintroduced the ENFORCE the Law Act, which would ensure the president upholds his constitutional obligation to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In February 2015, Blunt spoke on the U.S. Senate floor regarding his efforts to stop the president’s executive amnesty. Click here to watch his remarks.

In December 2014, Blunt joined a separate amicus brief in support of the lawsuit brought by the State of Texas against President Obama’s illegal amnesty.

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