Rep. Curbelo on Federal Judge's Ruling to Block President's Unilateral Immigration Actions
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) issued the following statement after the United States District Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued a preliminary injunction blocking President Obama's unilateral actions on immigration:
"It is my firm belief that Congress, not the President, must address our nation's immigration concerns by working towards a broader solution, rather than an executive order. Judge Hanen's ruling underscores the perilous legal ground the President has to stand on in trying to justify his executive orders."
"It is time for Congress to get serious about overhauling our nation's immigration laws. We must pass an immigration reform package that commits the resources necessary to secure our border, modernize our visa system, and create a tough, but fair, legalization framework for individuals who are already here. With over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country today, the immigration issue is no longer a problem that can be ignored or used as a pawn in political games."
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling on Monday evening put on hold President Obama's executive action to allow between 4 million and 5 million immigrants here illegally in the U.S. to remain indefinitely without legal status. The White House disapproves of the district court's decision and the Department of Justice has indicated that it will appeal the ruling.