TN Congressional Delegation Responds to Obama’s Nashville Visit

Press release from the East Tenn. Congressional Delegation; December 9, 2014:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Roe, Duncan and Fleischmann released the following statements following President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform in Nashville:

Rep. Roe (TN-01) released the following statement:

“I was disappointed to hear more partisan rhetoric from the president as he spoke in Tennessee today. We can—and should—take steps to reform the immigration process, starting with fully securing the border. But the president’s attempt to rewrite immigration law from the Oval Office is the wrong solution, not to mention a slap in the face to every naturalized citizen that waited in line to live in this country. Right now we have an opportunity to make changes to our immigration system to help future generations. Rather than repeating past mistakes and kicking the can down the road, we need to implement real reform, but President Obama’s ‘plan’ is about the furthest thing from a long-term solution possible.”

Rep. Duncan (TN-02) released the following statement:

“The President continues to ignore or gloss over the fact that we already have very detailed immigration laws on the books, and no President has the right or the power to pick and choose which ones to enforce. This latest executive order will encourage many millions more to come here, illegally if necessary, as President Obama himself said in 2010. The American people are the kindest, most generous people in the world.  We have allowed many millions to immigrate here legally over the last 25 or 30 years, far more than any other nation. But our entire infrastructure—our schools, hospitals, jails, roads, sewers, etc.—just could not handle the mega-millions who would come here in the next few years if we simply opened our borders. We must have a legal, orderly immigration system, and it must be enforced.”

Rep. Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement:

“Unfortunately, the President used today’s trip to try and sell Tennesseans on his unlawful executive orders -orders even he once said would violate our laws. We owe it to the American people to secure our borders, and those waiting to legally enter the country, to enforce the current immigration laws before we make any radical changes. While the President claimed, after the election, that he heard the American people, it’s clear he has not. This is just another example of the President failing to lead, and instead, taking his own path and ignoring the will of the people.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D – Tenn. 05; December 9, 2014:

NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) today issued the following statement:

“The U.S. Senate – including Senators Corker and Alexander – voted overwhelmingly to do what the President outlined today. House Republicans have refused to consider the Senate bill, but they have three more days to allow an up or down vote where it would pass with a large majority. Our community – including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Lipscomb University, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and local charitable family foundations – supports the goal of integrating immigrants into the wider community. We are a model for the country.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R – Tenn. 06; December 9, 2014:

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s visit to Nashville to tout his unconstitutional executive action on immigration:

“More than 200,000 Tennesseans remain out of work, but rather than prioritize their plight, the President is putting the interests of those who have broken our laws ahead of them,” said Congressman Black. “Why should unemployed Tennesseans have to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs? And why should those who break our laws to come here be rewarded while so many wait to come here legally? This is wrong and the President does not have the authority to change our immigration laws without Congress, as he himself has said at least 22 times. But now he has changed his mind and chosen Nashville as a destination to publicly thumb his nose at the American electorate that just rebuked him in the last election. The Obama Presidency has been a disaster and can’t end soon enough. But in the meantime, I will work with my colleagues in Congress to fight the President’s unconstitutional power grab and to advance policies that will help get Tennesseans and those who have immigrated here legally back to work.”

Additional Information:

11/21/14: Reps. Poe and Black Respond to President’s Amnesty Plan, Introduce the Separation of Powers Act

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R – Tenn. 07; December 9, 2014:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s speech in Nashville today where he will talk about his executive actions on amnesty.

“America’s workforce participation rate sits at a 36-year low due to the Obama economy. More than 90 million Americans are out of work, so it is unfair to Tennessee families that this President wants to force hard-working taxpayers to compete for jobs with illegal aliens to whom he is unilaterally granting work permits. In addition, what is the President’s response to those immigrants who have been lawfully waiting in line for years to become citizens?Is that consistent with the societal “fairness” of which he so often speaks?

“During the first two years of his term, the President had a Democrat super-majority in Congress and did nothing to address this immigration crisis that he now claims is such an emergency that he must go it alone. He kicked the immigration reform can down the road for six years and failed to work with Congress on serious solutions to address the problems with our immigration system.

“His solution to immigration is to take out his pen and write an executive memo that encourages thousands of illegal aliens to flood our borders through unconstitutional executive actions. DACA is the primary example. President Obama’s actions have effectively nullified the immigration laws of this country and made America an “open borders society” with no rules governing entrance except those announced through royal decree.

“That is exactly why I led the House effort this summer in passage of legislation that would freeze the DACA program and prevent President Obama from taking future executive actions to expand amnesty for illegal aliens. H.R. 5272 passed the House with bipartisan support on August 1st. I share in the frustration Americans have with this President and will continue to do everything in my power to stop his executive amnesty. Enough is enough.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D – Tenn. 09; December 9, 2014:

[NASHVILLE, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s visit to Nashville today:

“I was proud to accept President Obama’s invitation to join him as he travelled to Tennessee on Air Force One today. As always, the President was thoughtful, knowledgeable, brilliant, and engaging as he discussed his commonsense executive order to address some of the flaws of our nation’s immigration system and called on Congress to fix these problems once and for all. I support the President’s actions and will continue working in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”