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Long, Colleagues Urge Gov. Nixon and AG Koster to Join Lawsuit Against President's Unilateral Actions on Immigration

Washington, DC, March 26, 2015
U.S. Rep. Billy Long, and five other members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster urging them to join the lawsuit challenging President Obama's unilateral actions on immigration.

U.S. Rep. Billy Long, and five other members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General (AG) Chris Koster urging them to join the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. 

U.S. Reps. Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves and Jason Smith, joined Long in sending the letter to Nixon and Koster.

“President Obama overstepped his constitutional bounds with his November 2014 unilateral action on immigration.  My office continues to hear from constituents angered by the president’s lack of regard for our nation’s Constitution.  I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and it is vital that Missourians have their voices heard while this issue plays out in the federal courts.  I am calling on Gov. Nixon and Attorney General Koster to join the states’ lawsuit against the president’s reckless actions and step up to defend our Constitution,” Long said.   

“By providing temporary legal status without congressional authorization, the president is causing a constitutional crisis that threatens to upend the separation of powers and the rule of law. If these powers are not checked it will further embolden this president, and any future president, to act unilaterally without congressional approval.  Allowing those who came to this country illegally to jump the line is an insult to all of the immigrants in Missouri who have followed the law in seeking legal status or permanent residency.  Moreover, the work authorization provided to undocumented immigrants will put them in direct competition for jobs with working class Missourians,” said members of the Missouri Congressional Delegation in the letter to Nixon and Koster. 

President Obama issued a set of executive actions on November 20, 2014.  The president’s unilateral actions on immigration undermine existing immigration laws and circumvent proper legislative channels; and the courts have acknowledged it.  In February 2015, a Texas federal judge placed a temporary hold on the president’s actions.

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