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These Seven Democrats Who Said They Opposed Obama’s Lawless Amnesty Decrees Were Lying

Seven Democrats (well, one is an “independent”), expressed opposition to the lawless amnesty that Obama decreed in November. This afternoon, every one of them voted to support that executive power grab by filibustering the DHS funding bill.

Here’s what they told their constituents:

Joe Donnelly (Ind.): “It is clear the immigration system in this country is broken, and only Congress has the ability to change the law to fix it…I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.” (“Donnelly sees Obama immigration move as too much,” the Courier-Journal, November 20, 2014)

Clare McCaskill (Mo.): “Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it.” (“Local Lawmakers Oppose Obama’s Immigration Action,” KOLR10 News, November 20, 2014)

Joe Manchin (W.V.): “I disagree with the president’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House’s decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013.” (“Obama announces immigration plan; WV reps react,” MetroNews, November 20, 2014)

Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.): “I’m disappointed the president decided to use executive action at this time on this issue, as it could poison any hope of compromise or bipartisanship in the new Senate before it has even started. It’s Congress’ job to pass legislation and deal with issues of this magnitude.” (“Obama fails to convince some Dems on immigration,” Politico, November 20, 2014)

Angus King (Maine): “I worry that his taking unilateral action could in fact inflame public opinion, change the subject from immigration to the president. I also have constitutional concerns about where prosecutorial discretion ends and unconstitutional executive authority begins.” (“GOP leaders warn ‘impeachment’ is a dirty word,” Politico, November 19, 2014)

Al Franken (Minn.): “‘I have concerns about executive action. . . . This is a job for Congress, and it’s time for the House to act.’” (“Senate Democrats Urge President Obama To Delay Immigration Order,” PoliticoSeptember 5, 2014)

Mark Warner (Va.): “A big issue like immigration, the best way to get a comprehensive solution is to take this through the legislative process.” (“Warner: ‘Right decision’ to delay on immigration,” the Hill, September 8, 2014)

A graphic representation of this from Heritage:

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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