Scott Statement on President’s Immigration Executive Actions

November 20, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott issued the following statement on the President’s executive actions on immigration announced this evening:

“The President’s executive actions are limited in scope and will bring millions of undocumented individuals out of the shadows.  There is ample legal authority and precedent for the President’s actions.  Many past presidents­, including Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, have exercised this legal authority to act on immigration.  As the President stated tonight, he is limited in what he can accomplish alone and it is incumbent on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill 18 months ago, yet House Republicans continue to refuse to offer an alternative or even allow a vote on the bipartisan Senate bill.  In light of this continued obstruction by House Republicans, I am pleased that the President has exercised his legal authority to at least try to improve our nation’s broken immigration system where he can.”

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