Sunday, July 6, 2014

Boehner: Why we must now sue the President

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Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Speaker of the House of Representatives, lays out in a CNN op/ed why Congress must sue President Obama.  It begins:

"Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."

Speaker Boehner proceeds to offer a little more specificity:

"In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the President's job is to faithfully execute the laws. And, in my view, the President has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues, including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education." (emphasis added).

Given that immigration has been so much in the news in recent weeks, with the much-publicized detention of Central American unaccompanied minors, as well as the claim that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is responsible for increasing the flow of migrants, it is surprising that Speaker Boehner does not mention immigration as an area where the administration is not enforcing the law.  Many Republicans frequently claim that the Obama administration is not enforcing the immigration laws (even though the administration is removing close to 400,000 noncitizens a year). 

It would seem that, at least for now, Speaker Boehnor has made a political judgment not to include immigration in his political and legal campaign against President Obama.


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