Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson & TX Colleagues Join to Oppose Obama Amnesty Plan

January 12, 2015

Washington, DC â€“Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today joined with fifteen of his Texas colleagues to issue the following joint statement supporting legislation to fight against President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty plan:

“As members of the Texas delegation, we will continue to stand firmly against any action that erodes our constitutional values, degrades our nation’s rule of law, and circumvents the legislative process. Since the President announced his amnesty plan, we have been vigorously fighting against his unconstitutional actions and have been working together to find effective solutions to win this battle. 

“Last December, House Republicans vowed to take up legislation in the second week of the 114th Congress to fight the President’s illegal executive fiat. Today, the Republicans of the Texas Delegation join together in support of legislation that is scheduled to be considered by the House this week that stops the President’s amnesty plan and reflects our conservative values. This legislation would prevent the President from enforcing his executive amnesty plan by barring any funds from being used to carry out his executive actions or any other related illegal executive action that he might take in the future.  While we recognize the value that legal immigrants bring to our nation and the economy, we must ensure that our laws are followed. We support this legislation because it enforces the law, secures our border and reinforces the oath that we have taken as legislators to preserve and protect the Constitution. 

“As Members of Congress, we have the responsibility to effectively work within the constraints of the Constitution and the limits of the law.  As members of the Texas delegation, we have the responsibility to act in the best interest of the people of Texas. This week we will uphold both of those responsibilities by preserving our nation’s rule of law, fighting for the people of Texas, and combating the President’s unconstitutional, unilateral actions.”

Chairman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman Michael McCaul, Chairman Pete Sessions, Chairman Lamar Smith, Chairman Mac Thornberry, Chairman Bill Flores, and Reps. Brian Babin, Kevin Brady, John Carter, Blake Farenthold, William Hurd, Sam Johnson, Randy Neugebauer, Ted Poe, and John Ratcliffe all joined in issuing the statement.