Senators Blast Obama on Immigration: 'Astonishing Disregard for Constitution, Rule of Law'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 24, 2014 | 1:29 PM EDT

"Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution," Republican senators told Pres. Obama today in a letter blasting the administration's latest immigration efforts.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Republican colleagues say in the letter to Pres. Obama that the Administration's ongoing immigration 'enforcement review' is effectively repealing current law:

"These policies have operated as an effective repeal of duly enacted federal immigration law and exceed the bounds of the Executive Branch's prosecutorial discretion. It is not the province of the Executive to nullify the laws that the people of the United States, through their elected representatives, have chosen to enact. To the contrary, it is the duty of the Executive to take care that these laws are faithfully executed. Congress has not passed laws permitting people to illegally enter the country or to ignore their visa expiration dates, so long as they do not have a felony conviction or other severe offense on their record.

"Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents."

The nation's constitutional system and sovereignty are threatened when the president suspends and ignores laws, the letter warns:

"Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation's sovereignty is imperiled when the commander-in-chief refuses to defend the integrity of its borders."

"You swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We therefore ask you to uphold that oath and to carry out the duties required by the Constitution and entrusted to you by the American people."