WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) and Congressman Diane Black (TN-6) reintroduced the Separation of Powers Act.  This legislation would prohibit the use of funds that would grant deferred action or other immigration relief to those who are not lawfully present in the United States.

“Too many times has the President defied Congress to unilaterally implement his own agenda. In his latest effort to completely rewrite our laws, the President has decided to grant amnesty and work permits to millions of foreign nationals. Sadly, it is not the people that have motivated the President’s illegal act, it is purely politics. What this legislation would do, would allow Congress to exercise its intended role, and ‘check’ the out-of-control White House that has decided to simply pick and choose parts of the Constitution that they like,” said says Rep. Poe. “This timely piece of legislation is needed to protect Americans from a lawless administration and remind the President of his Constitutional duties,” said Rep. Poe.

“President Obama’s end-run around Congress on immigration is an affront to the Constitution and disrespects the sacrifices of countless legal immigrants. Congress must do everything possible to stop this backdoor power grab in its tracks. By cutting off funding for the President’s lawless overreach, we can send a clear message that – despite his illusions – the President cannot simply make up his own laws. I am proud to join Congressman Poe in reintroducing this legislation to combat the President’s actions and restore the balance of power outlined in the Constitution,” said Rep. Black.

The Separation of Powers Act:

 

1.      Prohibits any funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to grant parole or deferred action to any alien other than for reasons permitted under current law; and

2.      Prohibits any funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to provide work permits or green cards to aliens who are currently unlawfully in the U.S.