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Rubio on WH news: Good for many kids but Obama 'ignoring the Constitution'



Sen. Marco Rubio's reaction to today's WH announcement on the deportation of illegal immigrants:

“There is broad support for the idea that we should figure out a way to help kids who are undocumented through no fault of their own, but there is also broad consensus that it should be done in a way that does not encourage illegal immigration in the future. This is a difficult balance to strike, one that this new policy, imposed by executive order, will make harder to achieve in the long run.
“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for many of these kids desperate for an answer, but it is a short term answer to a long term problem. And by once again ignoring the Constitution and going around Congress, this short term policy will make it harder to find a balanced and responsible long term one.”

More Florida reaction below:

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: “The President has shown repeatedly that he has no regard for the Constitution or separation of powers.  He seems to view the Constitution not as the great ruling document that has held our republic together and helped our country prosper, but rather as an obstacle to be stepped around whenever it inconveniences him.

“Our founding fathers created a system of checks and balances precisely to prevent one person from acting as a king against the will of the people.  President Obama may not like having to work with a Republican House of Representatives, but the fact is, the American people sent us here in 2010 to put a stop to his far-left agenda.”

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: "Today, President Obama took bold and decisive action to protect hundreds of thousands of young people who have grown up as Americans but through no fault of their own lack the legal ability to be here," said Congressman Deutch. "This policy will protect heroic members of our military and hardworking students who simply want a chance to fulfill the American dream and contribute to the country they love. Though only action by Congress can provide these individuals with an actual path to citizenship, the President's decision is an important step forward and a powerful reminder of his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston: “Today the Obama Administration turned part of the DREAM Act into a reality by ordering an end to deporting young people who pose no threat to our society. A crucial component to creating an economy that’s built to last is strengthening the middle class and lifting up those who strive for a better life for themselves and for their families.  We must recognize the contributions many of these young people have already made to our society, and encourage their potential achievements. America is still a country full of possibility. American ingenuity and the American work ethic are second to none. The American dream of freedom, love of country, prosperity, job security, and access to a quality education should not be denied to those who are giving back to the country they love and have called home for so many years.

“As Secretary Janet Napolitano said, this decision enhances the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to focus on removing anyone who is considered a risk to national security or public safety. That should be our first priority, rather than utilizing limited resources to punish young people who did not have a voice in the decision to come to America years ago, yet have overcome countless obstacles to become productive members of society.

“While today's news is an important step for creating a more realistic and humane approach to our immigration enforcement policies, I hope my colleagues in Congress will come together so we can finally pass the full DREAM Act as a part of comprehensive immigration reform."

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami: “I am relieved to hear that nearly one million young people whose situations are similar to Daniela and Dayana Pelaez’s will be able to stay in the U.S., further their education and contribute to the economy in the country they call home while we continue to negotiate a more permanent solution on a pathway to citizenship for them.
“We are talking about good kids who learned and ingrained American values – young adults who want to become doctors, nurses, lawyers, scientists, engineers, small business owners, teachers, firefighters and police officers. They want nothing more than to give back to the country that gave them an opportunity to get an education and, in some cases, to serve in the Coast Guard and Armed Forces defending the U.S. and our freedom.
“As the sponsor of the Florida DREAM Act when I was in the state senate, I applaud this announcement by the Obama administration, and I look forward to when we pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

[Last modified: Friday, June 15, 2012 6:18pm]


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