You know President Obama has gone over the line when even liberals are calling him out. The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) in Dallas is a self-described liberal immigration group, but they have no problem calling out any politician of any party when they do not follow the Constitution. They have been highly critical of President Obama’s high deportation rate and the lack of due process many immigrants experience. In fact, founder Ralph Isenberg is quick to point out that Republican Presidents tend to be pro-immigrant in their policies, while Democratic Presidents often fall short (he cites Bill Clinton’s disastrous immigration reform of 1996 as a prime example).
After a federal judge struck down President Obama’s executive order on immigration, ICIE issued a press release praising the move, pointing out that Obama had violated the Constitution and overstepped his authority. He points out that while adjustments should be made to ensure due process in the immigration process, it should be initiated by Congress, not the President.
The statement issued by ICIE is as follows:
The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) in Dallas has reviewed the decision of the Federal District Court in Dallas concerning President Obama’s Executive Order in November expanding the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival program (DACA) and delaying the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program (DAPA). The presiding judge issued an injunction while the lawsuit moves forward, and ICIE is not surprised by the actions of the Federal Court.
ICIE, which helps hundreds of foreign nationals and their families remain together in the United States each year, often finds itself at odds with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its policies. However, in this case, ICIE will be the first to point out that immigration is a matter the Constitution left to Congress.
According to ICIE founder Ralph Isenberg, “The Congress is free to use the Executive Branch to implement policy but the President is not free to get in the way of what Congress desires. The Supreme Court has been very clear on this matter, which is called ‘plenary power.’ The President has no right to alter the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 (INA 1952), which remains the core document of laws relating to immigration.”
Isenberg feels the INA of 1952 should be modified to repair the damage done by the passing during the Clinton Administration of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which would open more opportunities to resolve millions of immigration matters without any immigration reform act.
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