H.R. 5759 – Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014 Passes

The Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5759), a bill introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho [R-FL-3], passed this afternoon by a vote of 219 Yeas to 197 Nays.  President Obama has already announced that he will veto the bill if passed by the Senate.

Outgoing GA-12 Democratic Congressman John Barrow was one of only 3 Democrats to vote for passage. The rest of the Georgia Democrats voted against passage, while all of the Georgia Republicans voted for passage.

The bill is fully entitled “To establish a rule of construction clarifying the limitations on executive authority to provide certain forms of immigration relief,” which is almost as long as the text of the bill itself:

A BILL
To establish a rule of construction clarifying the limitations on executive authority to provide certain forms of immigration relief.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014′.

SEC. 2. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    (a) In General- No provision of the United States Constitution, the Immigration and Nationality Act, or other Federal law shall be interpreted or applied to authorize the executive branch of the Government to exempt, by Executive order, regulation, or any other means, categories of persons unlawfully present in the United States from removal under the immigration laws (as such term is defined in section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act). Any action by the executive branch with the purpose of circumventing the objectives of this statute shall be null and void and without legal effect.
    (b) Effective Date- This Act shall have effect retroactively, and shall apply to any such exemption made at any time.

Rep. Tom Price, GA-6, quickly issued a statement on the passage of the bill:

“The American people expect a healthy debate and legitimate disagreements over policy. But they want the Congress and the president to engage in those discussions with respect and adherence to the rule of law and the constitutional duties we have sworn an oath to uphold.

“President Obama has shown particular disdain for the legitimate checks and balances of our democracy by directly contravening the immigration laws of this land and with them the will of the American people. In August, House Republicans first voted to prohibit the president’s overreach. Today, the House of Representatives has used its next tool within our legislative authority to state unequivocally that the Executive Branch does not have the authority, and should not be allowed, to trample on the Constitution.

“So long as the president and his allies in Congress continue to put their executive amnesty ahead of fidelity to the rule of law, we must and we will continue to seek to hold the administration accountable.”

8 comments

    • randykimo says:

      Interesting that none of the “legislators” who voted on this bill complaining about “unconstitutional overreach” seem to have noticed the obvious Constitutional violation of the Bill itself.

      “Section 9 – Limits on Congress

      No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

  1. Patrick T. Malone says:

    So if I understand Rep Price correctly the House objected to the Executive Branch overreach in August 2014 and now with this bill the House is strenuously objecting. This sounds like a line from “A Few Good Men”.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Couldn’t we have sent him an immigration bill as fast as this ?
    How much more time is needed to “talk it over ?” Until a few million more slide right in ?

    • Michael Silver says:

      If legalizing Illegal Aliens makes sense, does that mean we should issue Pharmacist licenses to drug deals as well?

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Don’t waste your time, first sentence: “President Obama’s edict on immigration marks the most blatant attempt to subvert the Constitution since Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court in 1937.”

      This is almost as hilarious as Peggy Noonan stating that Benghazi was worse than Watergate though she was in an administration that later sold missiles to Iraq and sent the proceeds to Nicaragua.

      Torture at a CIA black sites isn’t subversion of the Constitution when you’re Steve Forbes.

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