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Gohmert Grateful Appellate Court Sides with the Constitution over President’s Illegal Amnesty

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding a federal appeals court ruling today which upheld the temporary injunction preventing President Obama’s executive amnesty from proceeding while the case proceeds in the trial court: 

“This ruling is the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmation of the Constitution’s allocation of power while also tacitly agreeing with President Obama’s declaration time and time again that a president does not have the power to carry out a sweeping amnesty program of this nature. Not only did the Obama administration’s unlawful memos trample on the U.S. Constitution, they caused many, who applied to come to the United States legally, to go to the back of the processing line behind those who were breaking the law. 

It is important to note that the committee had added language to the National Defense Authorization Act indicating in essence that those given the President’s illegal amnesty should be considered for military employment. Such language would have indicated to the appellate court that Congress wanted the amnesty in question to be provided so recipients could join the military. By a narrow vote in the full House, that language was eliminated. If it had cleared the House, the Fifth Circuit panel could have taken judicial notice of its passage and used that as a basis to strike down the temporary injunction. The battle that we fought to get that language eliminated was certainly worth all the effort.” 

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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