Statement of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen on President's Executive Order on Immigration

“The message of the 2014 election was that the American people want Congress and the President to work together to develop solutions for the problems facing our constituents.  Yet, just two weeks past that election, the President announced he’s taking unilateral action on immigration by declaring that millions of unlawful immigrants can stay in the U.S. without facing the consequences of violating current U.S. immigration laws.  In effect, he’s jumping them to the front of the line, ahead of millions of potential immigrants who have waited their turn and followed our rules.

“It is absolutely true that the Congress has not agreed on how to legislate reform of the immigration system.  But that does not mean, on a whim, the President can ignore the Constitution and alter existing U.S. law before Congress passes new statutes.

“Our immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed.  That effort must start with working together to secure the borders first!”