Published June 23, 2016
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), of two American Indians serving in Congress,
released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld the ruling on blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration. In United States v. Texas, the President’s Deferred Action plan would allow up to five million illegal immigrants avoid deportation.
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court did not overturn the lower court’s decision,” said Cole. “Today’s ruling is further confirmation that this President cannot simply bypass Congress and rule by executive order. However, it’s important to note that the 4-4 split decision makes the upcoming presidential election and impending appointment of a new Supreme Court justice more important than ever. As we look to reform our immigration system, we must take a structured approach by first securing our borders and ensuring national security. This process begins with Congress, and not with executive overreach.”