WASHINGTON – This past Monday, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk refused to sign onto an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, challenging President Obama's executive amnesty programs.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led 42 Senate Republicans – including well-known Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and John McCain - in supporting the 26 states trying to legally block Obama's efforts.
The Supreme Court took up the states' case, U.S. v. Texas, after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last November affirmed a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration from moving forward with implementing the DAPA and expanded DACA amnesty programs. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on April 18 and expected to issue a ruling in June.
In the amicus brief, the senators argue that President Obama's use of executive action to grant de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens "stands in stark contravention to federal law and the constitutional principle of the separation of powers." They add that the president's executive overreach was an "explicit effort to circumvent the legislative process."
Majority Leader McConnell's effort to file an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff-states did not unanimous support from the Senate Republican Conference. Out of the 54-member conference, 43 senators signed the amicus brief, while 11 decided not to take a stand against amnesty and the administration's usurpation of power only entrusted to the legislative body in which they serve.
The 43 Senate Republicans who joined the amicus brief are Senators Alexander, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Cassidy, Coats, Cochran, Corker, Cornyn, Cotton, Crapo, Cruz, Daines, Enzi, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Hoeven, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Lankford, Lee, McCain, McConnell, Moran, Paul, Perdue, Risch, Roberts, Rounds, Rubio, Sasse, Scott, Sessions, Shelby, Sullivan, Thune, Tillis, Vitter, and Wicker.
The 11 Senate Republicans who did not join the amicus brief are Senators Ayotte, Burr, Collins, Ernst, Flake, Gardner, Heller, Kirk, Murkowski, Portman, and Toomey.
The granting of the “executive Power” to the President is not a blank check giving him power to do whatever he wants. The “executive Power” is merely the power to put into effect, to implement those Acts of Congress which are within Congress’ enumerated powers. If Congress establishes “an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (as authorized by Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 4), it is the President’s DUTY to implement and enforce the law Congress makes. The President is to carry out acts of Congress. Only congress has the power to enact amnesty.
Notice how Obama butt kissing kirk wants to vote on Obama’s justice nominee, because kirk says the constitution mandates it. Kirk is a lying hypocrite.
The fact the voters of Illinois gave so many primary votes Kirk is a testament to the stupidity of Illinois voters… they are clueless!
If Chad Koppie, of the Constitution Party, defeats Sen. Kirk, Mr. Koppie will support building a brick wall along the Mexican border and increasing fines and prison terms for employers, who hire illegal aliens. When illegals can’t get jobs, more of them will leave the U.S. If any money is collected from the fines, it should be used to hire more ICE agents so that they can arrest and deport more illegals.
No conservative should consider voting for Kirk. Here are some of his latest interest group ratings: Planned Parenthood, 100%; NEA, 100%; John Birch Society, 35%; and Gun Owners of America, 0%. Please read Chad’s site, http://www.chadkoppie.com.
Kirk also received an “F” on immigration and foreign worker issues from NumbersUSA. Just like high school, the grading is “A” is great and “F” is awful.
Kirk has stabbed American workers in the back for 6 years, he never puts Americans first!
I will never vote for Commiecrat Kirk….
Of course Kirk was the Illinois GOP’s primary pick. The worthless GOP gave us another damn democrat.
Phil, tell Chad he has one more vote this coming general election
“If Chad Koppie…defeats Mark Kirk….”
Dream on, Phil, dream on.
Chad may have a brilliant mind, but he is not a brilliant speaker.
Having hosted several Republican (and open to others) picnics, and allowed Chad to speak, I can assure you that three minutes into his speech no one was paying attention any longer.
However, if the Illinois Republican Party breaks into several parts due to a stab in Trump’s back, I believe the Constitution Party will gain many new members and much new funding. I’ll be damned if I’ll support any Party that will sabotage the choice of the majority of it’s voters.
I will check out Mr. Koppie. As of 2014, Kirk has used up all of his “benefit-of-the-doubt” reserves. No Kirk (and no Tammy).
Give it up Phil. Chad has less of a chance than James Marter did, and I liked James.
So why is anybody still pretending that Mark Kirk is a Republican? Oh that’s right, we have to because he’s Bruce Rauner’s Best Friend Forever and because Bruce Rauner says so…
We all know that Kirk supports open borders and amnesty.
So does Duckworth.
This state is pathetic and with an ever increasing 3rd world population will get only worse. A once dynamic and great state going down the tubes.
I have a feeling Kirk will be convinced by a DC job bribe to pull out at the last minute in favor of Tea Party traitor Adam Kinzinger. That fits the style of the Illinois Kombine much more.
Is it possible that Kirk has made a deal with Obama to formlly switch parties in return for Duckworth dropping out of the race? That might explain his meeting with Garland and all the other strange actions for a “Republican” senator.