Rep. Smith Statement on Trump Administration Ending Obama Executive Amnesty Program
Washington, DC – Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) gave the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.”
Rep. Smith: “The DAPA program is an unconstitutional action taken by President Obama that granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. I support the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind this illegal program and restore the rule of law.”
Background compiled by the House Judiciary Committee:
- Before taking executive action on immigration, President Obama stated 22 times that he does not have the authority to change immigration laws on his own. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced unilateral changes to the nation’s immigration laws, allowing potentially millions of unlawful immigrants to stay in the United States without a vote of Congress.
- In December 2014, 26 states – led by the State of Texas – filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration.
- On February 17, 2015, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Obama’s unilateral immigration actions.
- Following this decision, Chairman Goodlatte, Congressman Smith and other Members of Congress filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a continued injunction against President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration in the case of United States v. Texas.
- On November 10, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction preventing President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration from being implemented. Following this decision, the Supreme Court announced that it would take up the case.
- On March 17, 2016, the House, approved H. Res. 639, a resolution allowing the Speaker to file a brief on behalf of the whole House of Representatives defending Congress’ Article I powers to write our nation’s laws. The House filed its brief on April 4, 2016.
- On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court effectively blocked President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration from being implemented for the remainder of the Obama Administration, allowing a lower court ruling to stand.