Senator Johnny Isakson’s office released the following statement in response to the Federal District Court’s decision in Texas to temporarily block President Obama’s executive action on immigration:
“The Senate has voted multiple times on the House-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill that would hold the president accountable for his unconstitutional executive amnesty. The U.S. District Court in Texas has now affirmed that the president’s executive action on immigration may be illegal. It’s time to act on the Homeland Security funding bill and to stop this executive overreach.”
President Obama’s effort to ease deportation threats for millions of illegal immigrants was legally challenged on constitutional grounds by a coalition of 26 states, including Georgia.
While the Court did not rule on the constitutional merits of the case, it ruled that the the Obama administration possibly failed to follow procedures for the way federal agencies can establish regulations.
Funding for the Department of Homeland Security is set to expire on Feb. 27th. The Senate voted on a motion to begin debate on a House of Representatives-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill on Feb. 2, Feb. 3, and Feb. 4, 2015. This motion needs 60 votes to pass, but has failed each time because of Democratic opposition. As all departmental funding must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Isakson’s press release further argues that, “a House-passed measure is the only way to ensure funding for the Department of Homeland Security.”