Tuesday, May 12, 2015

113 Republican Members of Congress Back States' Legal Challenge to Obama's Immigration Actions



The latest news in Texas v. United States is that top Republicans in Congress yesterday filed an amici curiae brief on the side of the states challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  Texas and 25 other states have challenged the actions, arguing that the president overstepped his executive power.  The Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (Va.), are siding squarely with the states, arguing Obama's executive action "changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding the executive’s constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers." "Congress has created a comprehensive immigration scheme — which expresses its desired policy as to classes of immigrants — but the class identified by the [Homeland Security Department] directive for categorical relief is unsupported by this scheme," the lawmakers wrote in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. "Instead of setting enforcement priorities," they added, "it created a class-based program that establishes eligibility requirements that, if met, grant unlawful immigrants a renewable lawful presence in the United States and substantive benefits."

The brief was endorsed by 113 Republicans, including Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), the majority whip, Marco Rubio (Florida), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas), a 2016 presidential hopeful. In the House, the supporters include Reps. Trey Gowdy (S.C.); Tom Price (Ga.); Michael McCaul (Texas), head of the Homeland Security Committee; and Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the former head of the Judiciary panel.

Here is a full list of the Republican members of Congress who signed on to the amici brief:

United States Senators

John Cornyn

Ted Cruz

John Barrasso

Roy Blunt

John Boozman

Dan Coats

Thad Cochran

Tom Cotton

Mike Crapo

Michael Enzi

Orrin Hatch

James Inhofe

Johnny Isakson

James Lankford

Mike Lee

Jerry Moran

Mitch McConnell

David Perdue

James Risch

Pat Roberts

Marco Rubio

Dan Sullivan

John Thune

David Vitter

Roger Wicker



Bob Goodlatte

Lamar Smith

Robert Aderholt

Brian Babin

Lou Barletta (former Mayor, Hazleton, PA, and supported a tough immigration enforcement law that was struck down as unconstitutional)

Joe Barton

Gus M. Bilirakis

Mike Bishop

Diane Black

Marsha Blackburn

Charles Boustany

Mo Brooks

Michael Burgess

Bradley Byrne

Earl L. 'Buddy' Carter

John Carter

Steve Chabot

Curt Clawson

Tom Cole

K. Michael Conaway

Kevin Cramer

John Culberson

Ron DeSantis

Scott DesJarlais

Jeff Duncan

John Duncan

Blake Farenthold

John Fleming

Bill Flores

Randy Forbes

Virginia Foxx

Trent Franks

Bob Gibbs

Louie Gohmert

Paul Gosar

Trey Gowdy

Tom Graves

H. Morgan Griffith

Vicky Hartzler

Jeb Hensarling

Richard Hudson

Tim Huelskamp

Will Hurd

Lynn Jenkins

Sam Johnson

Walter Jones

Mike Kelly

Steve King

Raul Labrador

Doug Lamborn

Leonard Lance

Barry Loudermilk

Mia Love

Kenny Marchant

Tom Marino

Michael McCaul

Tom McClintock

Patrick McHenry

Mark Meadows

Jeff Miller

Markwayne Mullin

Randy Neugebauer

Pete Olson

Steven Palazzo

Robert Pittenger

Ted Poe

Mike Pompeo

Bill Posey

Tom Price

John Ratcliffe

Phil Roe

Mike D. Rogers

Dana Rohrabacher

Tom Rooney

Keith Rothfus

David Schweikert

Pete Sessions

Mike Simpson

Adrian Smith

Jason Smith

Ann Wagner

Mark Walker

Randy Weber

Bruce Westerman

Roger Williams

Robert Wittman

Steve Womack

Ted Yoho



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