Statement of Jenny Beth Martin on President Obama’s Executive Amnesty


This is an unprecedented assault on the Constitution, the separation of powers, and the rule of law in the United States. President Obama today told millions of people, “If you broke our laws to enter this country, we will not prosecute you. We will not deport you.”

Despite the President’s assurance that he is “not an emperor,” that’s exactly what he’s acting like. He’s a former law professor. He knows the Constitution vests Congress (not the Executive branch) with authority over immigration and naturalization. He just doesn’t care. This is a thumb in the eye to the American people.

This is not a partisan issue. Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley said, “What the President is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of our Constitution.”

It is time for Congress, with its power of the purse, to de-fund executive amnesty. Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona has led this effort in the House of Representatives, and we’re asking everyone to contact their Members of Congress and ask them to support his efforts. They can go to to send a direct message.

President Obama learned nothing from the wave election that repudiated him, his policies and his party. He can ignore that message at his peril; what remains to be seen is if GOP majorities in both houses of Congress have the spine to stand up to him.

This is a Constitutional Republic, not a banana republic. It’s time we all started acting like it.