On Thursday the House of Representatives added its thoughts to a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders which changed immigration enforcement rules. They approved a resolution that would authorize House Speaker Paul Ryan to file and amicus brief in the case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.As reported by CNN, the measure passed 234-186 with five Republicans opposing it.
Immigration has become a hot topic for the 2016 presidential races. Members of both parties have blamed each other for problems in the current system and for Congress’ inability to pass any significant legislation to address the issue.
Ryan argued the rare move to weigh in on the case, U.S. v. Texas, et al, on behalf of the entire House of Representatives was more about preserving the position of the legislative branch of government than advocating his party’s position on immigration.
The President’s actions in regards to immigration have widely been considered unconstitutional.
This is not a question of whether we are for or against a certain policy. Members who are here making immigration policy arguments are missing the whole point here. This comes down to a more fundamental question. It is about the integrity of our Constitution.