Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

November 21, 2014
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening after President Obama announced Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in his address to the nation:

“Tonight, President Obama announced bold action to bring our broken immigration system into line with our values as a people and our needs as a nation.   The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will secure our borders, prioritize enforcement, and provide relief to millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who may now have a happy Thanksgiving free from the fear of separation.

“The President’s actions fall well within the clear constitutional and legal authority of his office, and the well-established precedent set by every president since Eisenhower.  Even Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used this authority to refine our immigration system in service of the national interest.

“Executive action is no substitute for legislation, and the President’s action does not absolve Congress of its own responsibility.  Democrats will continue to demand action on bipartisan immigration legislation that will provide lasting certainty to immigrant families, and secure the billions of dollars in economic benefits Republicans’ inaction has denied our country.”