WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement after President Obama’s announcement that he will unilaterally act on immigration:
“The American people sent a clear message to Washington earlier this month,” said Latta. “The United States is a republic, not a monarchy, and they want us to work together to promote real solutions to the issues our country faces – issues that include our nation’s border security and the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants who live here.
“The President’s decision to take unilateral action demonstrates a blatant disregard for the will of the American people and the separation of powers explicitly outlined in our Constitution. It exceeds his executive authority, and I, along with my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, will fight this gross executive overreach.
“As a Member of Congress, I was elected to represent the citizens of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District – hardworking Americans that I have the privilege to listen to and interact with every day. The President’s plan does not address their concerns and will not sufficiently secure our border. I am committed to working in a bipartisan, bicameral manner and believe this is the best way we can develop long-term solutions to the issues our nation faces. It is time for the President to stop acting unilaterally and start listening to the American people. We need substantive solutions, not quick fixes.”