Boehner: ‘No Surprise’ Court Agreed Obama Lacked Authority For Exec. Amnesty

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

It is not a surprise that a federal court temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive amnesty, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says.

“The president said 22 times he did not have the authority to take the very action on immigration he eventually did, so it is no surprise that at least one court has agreed,” Boehner said Tuesday.

Late Monday, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction on the president’s executive amnesty, ruling in a case brought by 26 states challenging the administration’s actions.

Boehner, who is considering the possibility of Congress taking legal action against the executive actions as well, said the House will continue to watch the case proceed.

He further expressed optimism that the ruling would encourage Senate Democrats to stop filibustering a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that defunds Obama’s executive actions.

“We will continue to follow the case as it moves through the legal process,” he said. “Hopefully, Senate Democrats who claim to oppose this executive overreach will now let the Senate begin debate on a bill to fund the Homeland Security department.”

The Obama administration said in an early morning statement that it plans to appeal the decision.