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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Ratcliffe Discusses Immigration in Texarkana

February 25, 2015

Texarkana, Texas -

As a Texas judge blocks President Obama's executive action on immigration, Congressman John Ratcliff maintains a tough stance on border security.

The Republican lawmaker hosted an open house Tuesday for his district office in Texarkana.

Congressman Ratcliff was sworn into office last month.

He represents the Fourth Congressional District of Texas which includes 18 counties in Northeast Texas.

Ratcliff says he's focused on the job he was sent to do for his more than 700,000 constituents.

"I don't want to get caught up in Washington-speak. It's important to know what communities in Bowie County and other parts of the Fourth District really care about," explained Congressman John Ratcliff.

A federal judge in south Texas recently placed a temporary block of President Obama's executive action on immigration.

The President's order could shield several million illegal immigrants from deportation.

Ratcliff says it's the job of Congress to write laws.

"The President overstepped the constitutional boundaries and that's what we've been saying (my republican colleagues in Congress) for months now. It's nice to hear a federal judge weigh in and say yes you were right," said Ratcliff.

House Republicans recently passed a Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, but it is contingent upon defunding Obama's executive immigration orders.

In the Senate, Democrats have blocked the house funding bill three times calling for a legislation that only addresses DHS funding.

The president says he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Meanwhile, Ratcliff is taking a firm stance on the issue.

"Republicans will continue to make that a priority to see that our Homeland Security Department is funded, but we want to make sure the money is being spent on American citizens," said Ratcliff.

The Obama administration has said it would appeal the ruling by the Texas federal judge.

The Department of Homeland Security was to start accepting applications from undocumented immigrants Wednesday, but it says it will comply with the judge's ruling.

Meanwhile, Congress will return February 23rd from recess, at which point, it will have just five days to resolve the deadlock on Homeland Security funding.