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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

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Gowdy Statement on Federal Judge Decision to Block Executive Overreach

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Washington, February 17, 2015 | comments

Washington, DC -Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, released this statement regarding the decision by Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas to temporarily block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration:

“The decision by the federal district court in Texas is a victory for the rule of law. The President's extra-constitutional actions were rooted in political expediency and were devoid of a serious legal underpinning. This is not and never was about immigration law - as evidenced by the President's consistent admission that he lacked the legal authority to do precisely what he did. Prosecutorial discretion is real and constitutionally valid. It is not, however, a synonym for anarchy wherein the executive branch can pick and choose portions of laws to enforce and ignore.”

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