Washington, D.C. – Representative Rob Wittman (VA-1) released the following statement today regarding reports of the President’s rumored plans to issue an executive order on immigration:
“Executive Branch overreach is one of the main concerns I hear from folks in the First District. I am alarmed by reports that the President plans to act unilaterally and attempt to change immigration law through executive action."
“Our founders established our system of checks and balances for a reason, and in 2013 the President himself acknowledged that he is not ‘the emperor of the United States.’ In a discussion about immigration policy during the same year, the President said that ‘there is a path to get this done and that is through Congress.'
“The President signaled recently that he was ready to work with Congress on passing responsible fixes to our failing immigration system. This must include securing the border, enforcing existing law, and fixing the broken visa system before we can effectively address undocumented immigrants or pursue any other immigration reform efforts. I do not support amnesty in any shape or form.
“I urge the President to honor his word and not circumvent the legislative process.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the First District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee where he is the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.
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