Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Representing the 2nd District of Oklahoma
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Oklahomans Don’t Answer to Unelected Washington Bureaucrats

Mar 18, 2016
Mullin' It Over Column
by Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Congress is the only body in the federal government that is authorized to make laws, but the Obama administration has chosen time and again to ignore this simple fact.

No unelected Washington bureaucrat should be able force laws on Oklahomans. The House of Representatives took important action this week to preserve the American people’s right to self-government.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the case of United States v. Texas. The ruling on this case will determine if the president’s plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is against the law. Specifically, the case will decide if states can be forced to grant amnesty to immigrants whose children were born in the U.S., and if the president’s plan violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution. The Take Care Clause requires the president to use his executive authority only to “take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” He can’t use executive authority to completely rewrite laws.

The president has attempted to go around Congress and our nation’s legal path to citizenship by offering amnesty to illegal immigrants. We have fought his executive actions in every way possible. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has become involved.

This week, I voted to authorize the House Speaker to represent the position of the U.S. House of Representatives before the Supreme Court in the United States v. Texas case.

It is true that the result of this case will have major impacts on the future of immigration policy in our country. But it could also have major impacts on the very foundation of our Constitution: the separation of powers and the ability of Americans to elect the people who write the laws that govern their nation.

We can’t let any president bypass Congress and make laws, and I am hopeful that the Supreme Court agrees.