- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he’s bringing a resolution to the House floor on Thursday authorizing him to file a brief in the ongoing legal dispute over President Obama’s deportation amnesties.

“If we are going to maintain the founding principle of being a self-governing people, if we’re going to maintain the founding principle of government by consent of the governed, the legislative branch of government needs to be the one writing the laws — not the executive branch,” Mr. Ryan said Tuesday.

Mr. Ryan had previously signaled he would take such a step, saying Mr. Obama’s deportation amnesty is an attack on Congress’s Article I powers under the Constitution.

“This has really now become a case of Article I versus Article II, and we’re going to defend Article I,” he said Tuesday.

In November 2014, Mr. Obama announced a “deferred action” policy that would shield as many as 5 million illegal immigrants in the country from the immediate threat of deportation.

Texas and other states sued, and lower courts have blocked Mr. Obama’s policy, which is now pending before the Supreme Court.

Congressional Democrats recently signed their own friend-of-the-court brief supporting Mr. Obama’s actions.


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