King May File Suit to Block Immigration Policy Change
The new Obama administration immigration policy announced on Friday drew praise on one side and much criticism on another. Iowa Representative Steve King, who is a Republican was very critical of the change and said he might file a lawsuit to block the executive order put forth by President Obama.
King said he expected to bring a lawsuit against it to suspend the executive order. King said he had some of the best conservative lawyers, whose expertise is constitutional law, working something out.
The new policy for immigration will allow over 800,000 illegal immigrants to become immune to deportation. Kings argued that the oath of office was violated by Obama because the executive order violated U.S. statute and the Constitution. Thus far, King does not have any one else joining him in the suit and he is not sure when he will file.
However, he was successful 13 years ago on another constitutional issue against Tom Vilsack the then governor of Iowa, and feels it gives him the experience needed. King said the present executive order is similar to Vilsack’s in 1999.
King also predicted that the new policy for immigration would hurt President Obama because it will galvanize conservatives. He said it was not about the policy that is preferable, but if it will uphold the rule of law and the Constitution.
Chuck Grassley another Republican Congressman from Iowa questioned Obama’s authority. Grassley said the action by Obama circumvented Congress with a directive that may not be within his authority.