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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Buck Votes Against Funding Obama's Executive Amnesty

March 3, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Katherine Rosario, 202-226-8414

Washington -- Today, the House voted to approve H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Amendments to defund President Obama’s executive actions on immigration were stripped from the bill. Congressman Ken Buck released the following statement:

“President Obama’s executive amnesty violates our Constitution. His actions are inexcusable and antithetical to our system of government. The passage today of a bill that funds President Obama’s executive amnesty is a loss for the Constitution and those who want to uphold it. Today’s vote is a win for our lawless president and for members of Congress who wanted to protect his unlawful executive actions,” Buck said.

"Immigrants from around the world are attracted to America in large part because we have a profound respect for the rule of law. That is precisely why President Obama’s illegal, unconstitutional executive actions are so harmful to our nation and system of government. His executive amnesty is not merely prosecutorial discretion, as he has so often repeated. He changed the law to grant work permits and social security numbers to those here illegally.  In doing so, he bypassed Congress and disregarded current law,” Buck continued.

President Obama said in November that he, “took an action to change the law,” an action that he told the American people 22 times he did not have the authority to take.  Twenty-six states have filed suit challenging the president’s executive actions, and one federal judge has temporarily stopped the processing of work permits for illegal aliens. 

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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