A Nebraska Congressman says President Barack Obama abused his power by using an executive order to delay deportation of as many as five million illegal immigrants.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says President Barack Obama should never have decided to go it alone on immigration.
“All of this is a responsibility of Congress. It’s not the responsibility of the president. He can’t make law with a pen,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fortenberry contends the president exceeded his authority with the executive order that delays deportation of up to five million illegal immigrants. He rejects Obama’s defense of the action.
“This is a sweeping executive action,” Fortenberry says. “I mean, put aside the necessity for a reasoned policy debate about where we go with immigration. This is a sweeping action. It’s executive amnesty. It is divisive and it is an abuse of his power.”
Fortenberry questions the timing as well. He says if voters sent any message during the elections, they called for an end to division in Washington that has left the federal government stagnant. Fortenberry contends Obama’s action further divides the nation’s capital and is a “poke in the eye” to Republicans who won control of both chambers.
Congress is left with three options, according to Fortenberry. It can pass an immigration law, though Fortenberry believes anything a Republican-controlled Congress passes the president will veto. It can use the power of the purse to cut off the money the Obama Administration needs to carry out the executive order or it can file legal action against the president.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]