Dear Senators Coats and Donnelly,
President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration must stop.
Obviously, the Senate’s “comprehensive immigration reform” bill is, quite, dead. The House simply will not even bring it to the floor due to its political toxicity and the Senate’s new leadership will, undoubtedly, quit pushing it. At some point, Congress may agree on making some changes to immigration laws but until it does, the current immigration laws must be administrated and enforced by the Executive Branch.
Why? Because when I do not agree with a law, I do not have the option of breaking it without paying a penalty. The only legal option I have is to try to convince my state legislature or Congress to redress the law I disagree with.
Likewise, the Executive Branch does not have the constitutional option of choosing which laws to enforce and which to ignore without paying a penalty unless Congress does nothing to penalize it for refusing to administrate or enforce the laws it passes. Yet, by repeatedly, refusing to uphold immigration laws passed by previous Congress’, this President is, in fact, legislating from the Oval Office and Congress is doing absolutely nothing to penalize him for it.
I want to be perfectly clear. This is NOT a partisan issue. This is a blatant disregard for Congress, our lawmaking body. It’s a disrespect to both of you and, because you are my senators, it’s a disrespect to me and the people of Indiana that you represent.
If you, as our senators, will not stand up to the President and penalize him for not failing, but refusing to properly administrate and enforce laws that Congress, our lawmaking body, passed then we have absolutely no use for Congress and absolutely no use for you.
If this interprets to refusing to confirm Cabinet and Judicial appointees, refusing to even consider trade agreements or treaties, or starving the Executive Branch of funding then so be it. And if the man insists on remaining stubborn and punishing the American people with a government shutdown then you seriously need to consider an impeachment trial to remove him from office.
So, let me be the first to lend you a hand by telling you that I do not want either of you to waste your time on a response to this letter.
Save your responses to me and the people of Indiana that you represent for the President. Let him know, in no uncertain terms, that he has crossed a line and that if he continues to attempt to circumvent Congress with executive orders on immigration or any other issue, there will be serious consequences for him to pay.