Skip to content

Federal court blocks Obama’s amnesty plan

Enzi: Court let’s president know he is not above the rule of law

November 10, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled on Monday against President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to 5 million people.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed the president’s amnesty plan, said the ruling was a win for the American people and the constitution, which this Administration has tried to disregard in favor of expanding executive power.

“The court’s decision this week shows the president’s pen is not a magic wand that can make Congress, the courts and the Constitution disappear at his whim,” Enzi said. “The president tried to set a very dangerous precedent by granting amnesty to millions without a single vote from Congress. Our country is struggling with an illegal immigration problem, but amnesty is not the solution. As this case likely moves forward to the U.S. Supreme Court, I hope that the president realizes that he is not above the rule of law.”

In May, Enzi joined 25 senators and 88 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief in the case brought against the administration by the State of Texas and 25 other states stating that President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration is unconstitutional and contrary to congressional intent. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld a lower court's injunction blocking the programs from taking effect in the case. The Obama Administration has said that they plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.