Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep.Cook Stands Against President's Unilateral Amnesty

Mar 17, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted today for H. Res 639, which would allow the Speaker of the House of Representatives to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House in the court case Texas v. U.S. An amicus brief is a document that is filed in a court by someone who is not directly related to the case under consideration. The U.S. House of Representatives rarely files amicus briefs on court cases.

In Texas v. US, the Supreme Court will decide whether the president’s executive amnesty violates the president’s duties under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” House is uniquely qualified to help answer this question: under Article I, “all legislative powers” are vested in Congress. In addition, the Constitution provides that, “All legislative Powers…shall be vested in a Congress of the United States,” including authority “to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” Only Congress is permitted to write laws – not the president or unelected bureaucrats.

Rep Cook said, “Time and time again we’ve seen this presidential administration take unlawful unilateral action. He can’t simply force a dangerously flawed amnesty program for illegal immigrants upon the American people. Only Congress has the power to write laws. His actions undermine the constitution’s separation of powers and put America’s safety at risk.”

With the passage on this resolution, House counsel will now draft a brief and ask the Supreme Court for time during oral arguments.

A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.