Luján Statement On Supreme Court Decision On Immigration Executive Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 4-4 decision on the challenge to President Obama’s deferred action programs in United States v. Texas.

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision that flies in the face of past legal rulings that have upheld the President’s authority to act on immigration. President Obama took legal action to enforce our existing immigration laws, just as every president since Eisenhower has done, including President Reagan and both President Bushes.

“I’m saddened to think about all of the families that will continue to be broken apart – mothers and fathers separated from their children – because of the Court’s decision today. This is yet another reminder why it is so important that Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform that is good for our economy, our security, and reflects the contributions immigrants make to our country every day.

“I am confident that the President’s executive actions will again be before the Supreme Court in the future, and on that day, the Justices will follow the law and not the extreme voices like Donald Trump and his Republican Party.”