Skip to comments.King to Napolitano: Change immigration policy or I'll see you in court
Posted on 07/19/2012 1:59:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Thursday asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reverse the administrations new immigration policy or threatened to file a lawsuit to overturn it in court.
Napolitano was making her first appearance on Capitol Hill since the White House announced its policy changes, which will be carried out under her department.
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Napolitano vigorously defended the policy, which allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to exercise its prosecutorial discretion for certain illegal immigrants under 30 years of age who wish to defer their deportation from the country.
Representative, I will not rescind it, said Napolitano. It is right on the law. Its the right policy. It fits within our prosecutorial authorities.
King accused the Obama administration of violating the Constitution when it announced the new rules for certain young illegal immigrants.
The administrations announcement bypassed Congresss approval and came in the wake of stalled legislation on Capitol Hill that addresses similar immigration changes. Under the new rules, the DHS will allow eligible illegal immigrants to apply for 2-year work permits.
It looks almost as if this was almost written anticipating the Constitutional objection that I assure you I will bring, said King. There is a separation of power. The executive branch cannot legislate by executive order by memorandum.
I do not [accept the use of prosecutorial discretion] when it deals with a work permit thats ordered to be issued that doesnt exist in the United States Code. That is the province of Congress. So I thank you for being here today, but we will see each other down the line in litigation.
Nearly every Republican on the panel grilled Napolitano over the new immigration policy, including Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who voiced similar concerns to those expressed by King. Napolitano appeared before Smiths committee for its biannual oversight hearing of the DHS.
This unprecedented decision ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy, said Smith in his opening remarks. And exercising its responsibility to see that the laws are faithfully executed, the executive branch does have the power of prosecutorial discretion on a case by case basis, but this authority cannot be used to systematically dismantle our immigration laws.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) raised questions of whether the influx in illegal immigrants being granted temporary work permits would affect the ability of legal U.S. residents to get jobs.
Napolitano said she had labored over that issue deeply in considering whether to issue the administrations new immigration policy changes.
"This was an issue that I thought about deeply before I wrote my memorandum because jobs for Americans are very important, said Napolitano.
My conclusion was, and we probably differ on this, but my conclusion was there are lots of different ways to stimulate job creation.
Some of them are before the Congress now, but we shouldn't balance the American economy on the backs of children who were brought here... said Napolitano, as Gowdy cut her off.
Stop wasting words and just sue. Then make your speeches in court.
There should be Impeachment hearings convened in addition to a lawsuit.
So will Uncle Omar be deported, he is above 30,he was ordered deported, is arrested for drunk driving, is this prosecutorial discretion they use to not deport him ,instead he is granted a hardship drivers license,dhs let’s him continue to work at Conti Liquors with his bogus documents .
“The administrations announcement bypassed Congresss approval and came in the wake of stalled legislation on Capitol Hill that addresses similar immigration changes. Under the new rules, the DHS will allow eligible illegal immigrants to apply for 2-year work permits.”
Hoe can someone who illegally crossed out border (in other words a FELON) be eligible?
Iwant to see Big Sis in prison, for a long, long time.
This begs the question of whether Napolitano is controlled by the Drug Cartels! The “Open Borders” aren’t for some poor Mexican to seek to better their lives, it appears to be for unhindered shipments of Drugs into the United States and the unhindered flow of Drug Cash to the Friends of the Cartels! Psst! The Democratic Party Leadership for You’al that Live in Rio Linda! :-(Nappy did nothing to protect her Constituents from the Drug Lords while she was Governor of Arizona and infact oversaw the transformation of Phoenix from a beautiful City and a Retirement Mecca to the KIDNAP Capital of THE WORLD! If Nappy isn’t a Criminal with Malice, then she surely is dumber than a Rock!
LOL,...Sheriff Joe would like that.
This administration should be on trial for sedition.
zero and co will run it right up to the USSC and Roberts will stab King in the back.
ya.. that is my optimistic view.
But hey, Once Romney is in he can kill the policy change.
“Instead of Her Laboring”
More correctly stated:
“Instead of It Laboring!” The only color justified for Nappy is “BLACK!” Nappy is no man and no woman either!
only an Emissary of SATAN, himself!
So passing out work permits to illegal aliens that will take jobs that would have gone to American Citizens is stimulating job creation?
But we must balance the income of criminal illegal aliens on the backs of the now out-of-work American Citizens?
Stacking the crap pretty deep these days, huh Janet?
Must be feeling pretty cocky now that jugears claimed "Presidential Executive Privilege" over the withheld documents from Fast & Furious that proves all you sorry communists have been lying your azzes off to Congress.
`Cause hunny, we ALL noticed how you were being reeeeeal quiet till choom-choom prezzy B claimed he was doing that.
The movie ain't over yet, "hunny." Rep Steve King is one of those direct, honest, hard working, truthful, American loving representative of the citizens of his district as well as others and when he said he is coming after YOU, that is exactly what is about to happen.
She got the word from her lying boss so she didn't have to think “deeply” or any other way on it.
king better sue. these hearings are all BS dog and pony shows.
blah blah blah
they mean NOTHING.
If King were serious the suit would have been filed and he would offer to withdraw it if she complied.