Photo: Rep. Luis Gutierrez
During a House Judiciary Committee hearing this morning on how to prevent the President from using his executive powers, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez reminded Republicans that since they had released their immigration principles, over 29,000 people had been deported by the President they claim is not deporting enough people.
Today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing (“Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws” http://1.usa.gov/1gCxWcr) was intended to be an indictment of President Obama by House Republicans over the use of executive action and prosecutorial discretion, including questioning whether the President has the legal authority to spare certain immigrants from deportation, as he did for DREAMers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), announced in June 2012.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) used his opportunity to speak to make a point about the do-nothing Congress. While apparently unwilling to do anything to enact immigration reform, Republicans in Congress are now taking do-nothingness an extra step by warning the President be a do-nothing President as well.