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Congressman George Holding

Representing the 13th District of North Carolina

The President Struck a Blow to Our System of Checks and Balances

Nov 20, 2014
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman George Holding (NC-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration: 

“The issue, after the president’s address tonight, is no longer whether Congress and the president can agree on an immigration policy. The question is: Does a president have the power to alter laws without passing new statutes?

“Throughout our history the answer has been no.

“These are strong words but, tonight, in pursuit of a political agenda, President Obama struck a blow at the checks and balances system that has been at the heart of our government – and our Constitution – for over 200 years.

“Whether you are Democrat or Republican, whether you agree or disagree with the president’s policy on immigration, you cannot agree with his actions – no man has the power to be both president and legislator.”