ICYMI: Curbelo: We Must Be Consistent When Criticizing Uses of Executive Orders To Change Existing Law

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Miami, Florida, November 1, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Earlier today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), a consistent advocate for bipartisan dialogue in our politics,  joined CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, to discuss the latest proposal by the Administration to end birthright citizenship via executive order.

“Here is what I have to say to Republicans. They would be wrong and hypocritical if they didn't call this President out on this issue the same way they used to criticize President Obama when he used to draft executive orders and sign them, even though they contradicted existing laws,” Curbelo said. “We have to be consistent, we have to be honest, and I think that's the broader point about what we need in our politics today. Most Americans, believe it or not, are middle of the road. You wouldn’t believe it from watching some of these rallies on either side, and most Americans want the country the politicians to figure out issues like immigration, and we know that if we’re gonna to figure it out, we need a compromise. We need more border security; we also need a path to citizenship to DREAMER’s young immigrants brought to our country as children. This is what most people in our country crave for, and regrettably, it's not what our political system is yielding."

A partial transcript of the interview is available below. Video of the full exchange is available here.

  

Curbelo: You Can Not Change the Constitution by Executive Order
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November 1, 2018
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Jim Sciutto: “Let me start here. You, as a Republican, a rare voice, contradicting the President very directly on birthright citizenship. What is your message to the President on this?

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “My message to the President is the same message we had for the past president. You cannot change laws, you certainly cannot change the Constitution by executive order. If the President wants to have a debate about this issue, if the President wants to point out some abuses in this area, that's okay, and that's something we could have a discussion about. But the President alone cannot change this policy, and it is law, and it is protected in the Constitution, that those of us who are born in this country are citizens of this country, and that's it. There is nothing more to discuss for now.

Sciutto:The President has claimed his White House Counsel has advised him that he does have the right to do this, not clear who is referring to since Don McGann is already on his way out, and he has not been replaced by his replacement yet. But do you suspect that this is just political performance art on the part of the President, days to an election to raise this where even the President himself – does not actually believe he has this capability?"

Curbelo: “It's possible, but here is what I have to say to Republicans. They would be wrong and hypocritical if they didn't call this President out on this issue the same way they used to criticize President Obama when he used to draft executive orders and sign them, even though they contradicted existing laws. We have to be consistent, we have to be honest, and I think that's the broader point about what we need in our politics today. Most Americans, believe it or not, are middle of the road. You wouldn’t believe it from watching some of these rallies on either side, and most Americans want the country the politicians to figure out issues like immigration, and we know that if we’re gonna to figure it out, we need a compromise. We need more border security; we also need a path to citizenship to DREAMER’s young immigrants brought to our country as children. This is what most people in our country crave for, and regrettably, it's not what our political system is yielding. I think we need fewer rallies and more conversations, more dialogue in this country to tackle and address the big issues and challenges that face them.”

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