(BCN editor’s note: I love this. More Republicans like Rep. Trey Gowdy, please.)
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration this past Tuesday to examine the constitutional questions surrounding this unprecedented power grab. The Committee heard from several legal scholars on the President’s unilateral actions, including Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).
Hincapie suggested at the congressional hearing that Republicans are opposing the president’s amnesty executive order because he is black. Congressman Gowdy confronted the NILC Director to get clarification on her response to an earlier question:
“Miss Hincapie, among many limitations in life is my inability to glean other people’s motives or be able to read their minds. I could have sworn in response to a question you received from Mr. Cohen, you suggested race was the basis for why we may have this Constitutional perspective? Did I understand you correctly?”
Hincapie stammered out a response, but Gowdy interrupted:
“Well, let me offer another explanation to you, okay? Not a single Republican who is here right now ever served under a Republican president. Not one. So I hope I do live long enough to hold a Republican president to the exact same standard that I am holding this one. But for you to run to race as the explanation for why we hold the position that we do.”
Mr. Gowdy expanded on the hypocrisy of the Democrat Party:
“Harry Reid had a very different perspective on recess appointments when there was a Texan in the White House and none of us accused him of geographic discrimination. In fact, hell, for that matter, Senator Obama had a different perspective on executive overreach than President Obama and nobody runs to race as an explanation for that. So I would just caution you to be careful when you try to import motives to people.”
A press release by the NILC was posted on their website:
In a move that allowed the House of Representatives to continue venting its dislike for President Obama and his policies, lawmakers voted along party lines Thursday on a bill that attempts to limit the president’s well founded executive authority over immigration. The vote against the president’s policy to allow parents of U.S. citizen children and other immigrants who meet certain requirements to apply for temporary deportation relief and work authorization was the latest in a series of recent actions intended to strip the president of his legal authority over immigration enforcement. This legal authority is based on established regulations, court decisions, and historical precedent.
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.