Monday, April 18, 2016

Lugar Supports Obama's Immigration Actions

On the day that the case against President Obama's immigration actions was heard by the Supreme Court, Republican former Indiana senator Richard Lugar published a carefully reasoned op-ed in the New York Times defending Obama's action against attacks by his party. He argues that Obama acted within his presidential authority and cites similar actions by Republican presidents. Lugar laments that "immigration policy has been caught up in today’s hyper-partisanship, where a strident anti-immigration tide within the Republican Party overwhelms all bipartisan compromise." He concludes his op-ed as follows: "When the president took his executive action on immigration, he was not flouting the will of Congress; rather, he was using the discretion Congress gave him to fulfill his constitutional duty to 'take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.'" Makes you sort of nostalgic for a rational opposition party, doesn't it? Read Lugar's NY Times op-ed here.