Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa says that he will file a motion in federal court to block President Obama’s recent executive order which prevents the deportation of some illegal aliens and grants them legal worker status.
“I don’t need Congress to defend the Constitution,” King said, indicating he was open to others in Congress joining him, but that he planned to proceed, alone if he must.
“Barack Obama’s executive order defies the will of the American people,” he explained. “Congress has considered and refused to pass the DREAM Act.”
“Obama has directly challenged the separation of powers, a principle fundamental to the Constitution,” King said. “If we stand by and allow Obama to succeed, we might as well get out a black pen and start marking out those parts of the Constitution Obama finds offensive to him.”
King’s fellow elected official, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also questioned the president’s authority to ignore immigration law and grant a form of soft amnesty to what some news sources have estimated is roughly 800,000 illegal aliens.
In a statement, Grassley said that Obama’s action is “an affront to the process of representative government by circumventing Congress and with a directive he may not have the authority to execute.”
“The president once denied that he had the legal authority to do this, and Congress was assured more than once that the administration would consider individuals for this sort of deferred status on a case-by-case basis only, and that there was no plan to implement a broad-based program,” Grassley said. “It seems the president has put election-year politics above responsible policies.”