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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Congressman Bishop Responds to Potential Amnesty Announcement from President Obama

November 20, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's administration has signaled that the President intends to announce today plans to grant some sort of legal status to more than five million people who are currently in the United States illegally.

"We are supposed to be a nation of laws, but what the President is doing is an abuse of his authority.   Like all Americans, I share a sense of compassion and understanding for families caught in these difficult circumstances, but the President's plan does not fix the problem.  He has made it worse.  We desperately need a permanent solution, not an imperfect presidential mandate done in isolation. President Obama may think it is acceptable to exceed his own authority through executive action, but our founding fathers established clearly defined powers through the Constitution. The President missed an opportunity to work with Congress and instead has created a toxic atmosphere harming future efforts.  Amnesty is not an answer and it sends the wrong message to those who are going through the legitimate immigration process.  The first thing to fix is the porous border and that is where our attention should initially be focused," said Congressman Rob Bishop.