VIA| The move signals an escalation between House Republicans and President Obama, who have been at odds over — what many would call an illegal — executive order to halt deportations.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan led the vote, calling for the House to defend the Constitution, the rights of Congress, and the integrity of our government.
“This is not a question of whether or not we are for or against any certain policy,” said Ryan. “Members who are making immigration policy arguments are missing the point here. This comes down to a much more fundamental question. It is about the integrity of our Constitution.”
Obama has come under fire several times before for similar overreach of presidential authority, including certain extreme EPA regulations and issues relating to Obamacare. His unwillingness to enforce duly enacted immigration laws, however, which many claim to be a violation of his duty as president, has been found particularly egregious.
While the vote managed to pass 234-181, it was almost a near perfect split along party lines. All Democrats present voted no joined by only five Republicans: Reps. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.), Bob Dold (Ill.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.).
The passage of this vote will allow Speaker Ryan to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, enabling Congress to join a lawsuit which has already been filed by Texas and two dozen other states. The lawsuit would require Obama to fulfill his duties as president and begin deportation of over 4 million illegal immigrants, which he has vowed he would not deport.
“The President candidly admitted that… he unilaterally rewrote the law: ‘What you’re not paying attention to is, I [Obama] just took an action to change the law,’” reads the complaint. “That unilateral suspension of the Nation’s immigration laws is unlawful. Only this Court’s immediate intervention can protect the Plaintiffs from dramatic and irreparable injuries.”
So far, a district court in Texas, as well as an appeals court in New Orleans, have ruled against the president, causing the suit to be elevated to the Supreme Court.