Senators Demand Answers and Documents on Obama Amnesty Announcement
Late last night, a group of Republican Senators sent a letter to the President questioning the legal reasoning and economic impact of the executive Dream Act issued on Friday. Led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a total of twenty Republican Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), signed the letter.
The letter represents the first real action taken by Republicans in Congress to challenge the Obama administration's unconstitutional abuse of executive power. The signatories contend that the Administration has "intentionally bypassed Congress and the American people" and ask what has changed so drastically since last year when the President asserted he did not have the legal authority to grant amnesty unilaterally.
In addition to requesting documents citing the legal authority the President has to not enforce immigration laws, the Senators express concern over the pressure 1.4 million newly authorized workers will have on our already strained job market. They also want details regarding the implementation of the policy, including the documentation and fraud issues that will undoubtedly arise. Finally, the twenty Senators assert that the "taxpayers deserve to know how this program will be funded."
The Senators want to meet with Department of Homeland Security leaders immediately and request responses and pertinent documents by July 3, 2012.