Statement on Efforts to Eliminate Executive Authority of President

HIAS Pennsylvania just learned that a vote is expected today in the House of Representatives to eliminate President Obama’s executive authority by a vote on ENFORCE Act (HR 4138) and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (HR 3973). As Congressional action on immigration reform has stagnated, President Obama used his executive power to create Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) where hundreds of thousands of youth who have spent the majority of their lives in the U.S. were able to come out of the shadows and gain employment authorization, social security numbers and protection against deportation. This includes close to 3,000 youth in Pennsylvania. Proponents of these acts referenced DACA as one example of the need to curtail executive authority. On the contrary, DACA demonstrates the critical need for executive authority when Congress cannot or will not act. Ending executive authority would have a devastating effect on efforts to create immigration policies that benefit all of us. It will further divide our government and add to our government’s paralysis and inability to deal with major issues that cry out for resolution.