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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Opposes President's Unilateral Immigration Actions

January 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur released the following statement after the House voted on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2015:

“We need to reform our nation’s broken immigration system, but we can’t start that discussion when President Obama is overstepping his Constitutional authority and unilaterally creating new policy,” MacArthur said. "That’s why I voted for this bill that blocks any funds from being used to enforce his executive action.”

“However, I am firmly convinced that this can only be step one of our approach to immigration,” MacArthur added. “The House today took much-needed action to return to a balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government. I think this was the right move, and I supported defunding the mechanisms used to carry out the President's illegal executive order. But it's equally important to continue the conversation over the next few months. I look forward to bringing my colleagues on both sides of the aisle together to find solutions to our immigration problem instead of letting Washington politics continue to divide us."