November 20, 2014


Edwards Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration


Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“The temporary actions taken tonight by President Obama are a necessary first step to fix our broken immigration system. Over 500 days ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill that would protect families, grow our economy, and secure our border. I am a long-time cosponsor of this bill in the House of Representatives, and I am frustrated and dismayed by House Republicans’ continued refusal to bring it to a vote.  The blatant inaction by House Republicans has left the President no choice but to do what his predecessors, including Presidents Bush and Reagan, have done for over 50 years – use their legal authority to protect families and ensure accountability in our current immigration system. It is disingenuous for Republicans to suggest otherwise, and dangerous to threaten shutting down the government in retaliation for the President doing his job.
“This is a first step taken to reform our immigration system, but it cannot be our last.  I urge House Republicans to pass bipartisan immigration reform before leaving Washington for another holiday.”