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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe Statement on U.S. v. Texas

June 24, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision to effectively block the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in U.S. v. Texas:

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a win for the Constitution and the American people. It reinforces that the President cannot write the laws of this nation. The ruling blocks President Obama's use of executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants – an action the president himself said was unconstitutional more than 20 times. I've been resolute in my efforts to combat this abuse of power, introducing the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act (H.R. 1715) as one of my first bills in Congress, filing an amicus brief in support of Texas as this case moved through the process, and voting for a resolution to allow the House of Representatives to intervene in this case when it came before the Supreme Court.”

Since coming to Congress, Ratcliffe has taken several decisive actions in the fight to stop President Obama’s sweeping executive action on immigration:

  • March 2015 – Ratcliffe introduced his own legislation, the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 1715) to halt the president’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to up to 5 million illegal immigrants on the basis that he was exceeding his constitutional authority. 
  • May 2015 – Ratcliffe teamed up with a coalition of lawmakers, led by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to file an amicus brief in support of Texas’ right to block the president’s use of executive action on immigration when it was before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
  • March 2016 – Ratcliffe voted for H.Res. 639, authorizing the House of Representatives to intervene in the case challenging the president’s executive action on immigration when it was before the Supreme Court.
     
  • April 2016 – Ratcliffe joins House in sending the amicus brief to the Supreme Court, expressing unified opposition to the president’s executive overreach in his actions on immigration.

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