MANCHESTER, NH – Congressman Frank Guinta issued the following statement today, after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would review President Obama’s decision to grant work permits and government benefits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants, under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, as well as an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):


“Our system of checks and balances, designed to prevent abuse by any one branch of government, is working as our Founding Fathers intended: The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the President’s executive orders to legalize almost 5 million illegal immigrants – orders that 26 states and several federal courts have deemed unconstitutional, violations of federal law. More broadly, the Court will decide whether the Constitution’s requirement that the President ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ applies to President Obama and his successors.


“The President entered office promising to reign in executive powers. He has said he lacks authority to unilaterally change our country’s immigration laws. Yet numerous times, facing popular resistance, the President has circumvented our democratic institutions to implement his policies. In the case of these immigration orders, the Administration failed even to properly notify the public. As it has on many occasions, I’m confident the Court will find against the President’s overreach –  in favor of a majority of states, Congress and the American people. Granite Staters deserve safe and secure borders. Privileges of U.S. residence should be reserved for legal immigrants, who endure the rigorous application process.”   


Rep. Guinta (NH01), Manchester, New Hampshire’s former mayor, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.