Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Standing Strong for the Constitution
A decision made by a U.S. District Court in Texas just a few days
ago has had a major impact on President Obama's recent executive
actions to unilaterally change our immigration laws. The court's
injunction temporarily halts the President's deferred action
program for unlawful immigrants, essentially ruling that he
overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and
"benefits and privileges" to millions of illegal immigrants. In
the ruling, Judge Andrew Hanen writes that these actions
represent "a massive change in immigration practice" and will
have a significant effect on "the nation's entire immigration
scheme and the states who must bear the lion's share of its
President Obama's executive overreach on immigration poses a
clear and present danger to our Constitution. I am pleased that
these actions have been temporarily halted. This will allow a
lawsuit filed by 26 states that challenges this executive
overreach on immigration to move forward. In December, I signed
an amicus brief in support of this lawsuit, which was submitted
to the federal court by the American Center for Law and Justice.
It is my hope that the Constitution will come out on the winning
side. Read more on this court ruling in my weekly column.
170 House Republicans to Senate Democrats: Allow Debate on DHS
Last Friday, I authored a letter, signed by 169 other House
Republicans, to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid demanding he
stop blocking debate on the House-passed bill to fund the
Department of Homeland Security's operations for Fiscal Year 2015
and defund unconstitutional immigration programs created
unilaterally by President Obama. Read more.
The Week Ahead in the House Judiciary Committee
It's a busy week ahead for the House Judiciary Committee, which I
am honored to chair. Listed below are some of our upcoming
hearings. I hope that you will tune in should you be interested
in any of these topics.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
10:15 a.m. - Full Committee Hearing on: The Unconstitutionality
of Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
10:00 a.m. - Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security,
and Investigations Hearing on: ISIL in America: Domestic Terror
1:30 p.m. - Full Committee Hearing on: The U.S. Copyright Office:
Its Functions and Resources
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
9:00 a.m. - Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
Hearing on: The State of Class Action Ten Years after the
Enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act
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