Apr 04 2016

Shelby Joins 42 Senators in Filing Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Case Challenging President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions

WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, April 4, 2016 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today joined 42 of his Senate colleagues in filing an amicus brief that supports a challenge to the Obama Administration’s executive actions on immigration, questioning the constitutionality of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy.  Arguments for the case, United States of America vs. State of Texas, will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 18th.

“Given that the Executive has asserted that the acts challenged here are not even subject to judicial review, what is at stake in this matter is nothing less than an effort to supplant Congress’s constitutional power to ‘establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Such an action stands in stark contravention to federal law and to the constitutional principle of the separation of powers,” the Senators’ amicus brief states.  “There is little doubt that the Executive adopted the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (‘DAPA’) program as part of an explicit effort to circumvent the legislative process.”

Senator Shelby joined the amicus brief with the following Senators: Alexander, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Corker, Cornyn, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, McCain, McConnell, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Roberts, Rounds, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Sullivan, Thune, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker.

Click here to view the amicus brief.