Democrat Opposition to Obama’s Amnesty Growing

At least eight Senate Democrats have expressed opposition to President Obama’s latest executive amnesty, which would grant quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): “We are all frustrated with our broken immigration system, but the way forward is not unilateral action by the president.” (“Landrieu splits with Obama on immigration action,” Associated Press, 11/21/14),

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): “It is clear the immigration system in this country is broken, and only Congress has the ability to change the law to fix it…I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.” (“Donnelly sees Obama immigration move as too much,” The Courier-Journal, 11/20/14,

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): “Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it.” (“Local Lawmakers Oppose Obama’s Immigration Action,” KOLR10 News, 11/20/14,

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV):I disagree with the President’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House’s decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013.” (“Obama announces immigration plan; WV reps react,” MetroNews, 11/20/14,

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): “I’m disappointed the president decided to use executive action at this time on this issue, as it could poison any hope of compromise or bipartisanship in the new Senate before it has even started.  It’s Congress’ job to pass legislation and deal with issues of this magnitude.” (“Obama fails to convince some Dems on immigration,” Politico, 11/20/14,

Sen. Angus King (I-ME): “I worry that his taking unilateral action could in fact inflame public opinion, change the subject from immigration to the president. I also have constitutional concerns about where prosecutorial discretion ends and unconstitutional executive authority begins.” (“GOP leaders warn ‘impeachment’ is a dirty word,” Politico, 11/19/14,

Sen. Jon Tester ( D-MT): “Asked whether he would prefer the President not do it by executive authority, [Tester] replied, ‘I would prefer that Congress act, yes.’” (“Sen. Joe Manchin Urges Obama to Hold Off on Immigration Orders,” CNN, 11/19/14,

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE): “If I were the president, what I’d say to the Congress — House, Senate, Democrat or Republican — I’m going to give you a little bit of time and in the new Congress expect you to do something.” (“Dems Press Obama to Wait on Immigration,” The Hill, 11/20/14,

At least four others expressed concern earlier this year:

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN): “‘I have concerns about executive action,’ said Franken, who had previously declined to comment, in a statement Thursday. ‘This is a job for Congress, and it’s time for the House to act.’” (“Senate Democrats Urge President Obama To Delay Immigration Order,” Politico, 9/5/14,

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA): “A big issue like immigration, the best way to get a comprehensive solution is to take this through the legislative process.” (“Warner: ‘Right decision’ to delay on immigration,” The Hill, 09/08/14,

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR):I don’t like government by executive order. I just don’t, generally, so I’d have to look and see specifically what he’s proposing and what he’s talking about…Overall, I don’t approve of that approach.” (“Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama actions,” The Hill, 7/30/14,

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC):I think this is a congressional issue and I encourage Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] in the House to bring up a bill, to vote on a bill for immigration reform so that we can then put it into conference…And I do support congressional action over executive action.” (“Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama actions,” The Hill, 7/30/14,


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