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PRICE STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER

November 21, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman David Price (NC-04) released the following statement on President Obama’s immigration Executive Order.

“I welcome President Obama’s immigration reform announcement, which will finally free from the specter of deportation millions of Americans who contribute positively to their communities. I am also pleased that the President’s Executive Order strengthens enforcement for violent criminals, which has been a priority of mine since I served as Chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

“After two years of failed promises and delay tactics from Speaker Boehner and House Republicans, the time has come for decisive action to fix our broken immigration system. The cost of inaction has simply become too great. Republicans who have criticized the administration would be wise to consult their history books. Every President since Eisenhower has exercised Executive authority on immigration, including five Republicans. Arguing that President Obama’s actions are unconstitutional is both false and disingenuous.

“That said, the President’s action is limited in scope and should not be interpreted as a substitute for congressional action – in fact, the administration has strongly encouraged the House and Senate to pass a comprehensive reform bill that would supersede the Executive Order and deal with the full range of immigration challenges. I hope my Republican colleagues will heed this call.

“We must always remember that we are a nation of immigrants, and I commend the President for using his Executive authority to correct broken immigration policies that have persisted for too long and are doing our country great damage. My hope is that this action will at long last break the partisan logjam and allow for real progress on comprehensive immigration reform.”