Cruz: ‘President Has No Constitutional Authority to Refuse to Enforce the Law’

By Ali Meyer | December 3, 2014 | 2:58pm EST

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ( Starr)

( – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that President Barack Obama has no constitutional authority to refuse to enforce the immigration law. asked Cruz, “Where specifically in the Constitution does it give the president the power not to enforce the immigration laws against 5 million violators of that law?”

“The president has no constitutional authority to refuse to enforce the law,” Cruz responded. “Indeed Article 2 of the Constitution explicitly places a responsibility on the president to quote ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive order on immigration, which stated that “if you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation.”

“Amnesty is wrong,” Cruz said in his opening remarks at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday.  “Amnesty is fundamentally unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules and came here legally. Amnesty is fundamentally unfair to the 92 million Americans who aren’t working right now.

“Amnesty is fundamentally unfair to the African American community that is facing historic unemployment. Amnesty is wrong, but what we’re facing right now is something even bigger and more important. We today are facing a full-fledged constitutional crisis,” he said.

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