WASHINGTON, June 19 -
Mr. Speaker, our Nationís income tax system is a giant mess. Itís complicated; itís not fair; itís outdated ñ and not everyone follows the law.
Hypothetically, suppose tomorrow, the President issued an edict from the White House directing the IRS not to enforce tax laws for certain special people, for example, people under the age of 30.
Why? Maybe the President just doesnít like the law, so he issues that new order. Well, Mr. Speaker, last Friday much to the surprise of all of us who believe in the Constitution and in the separation of power, something very similar did happen.
In his latest Friday afternoon surprise, the President issued a decree unilaterally discarding the immigration law of the land ñ a law passed by Congress and signed by a previous President. The President disagrees with the law; and since he had to have his way, in spite of the Constitution, he improperly ordered his way to be the law of the land. The Presidentís temporary amnesty plan applies to those who are under 30 years of age. They also can obtain a work permit.
It would be nice if the President were as concerned about the 23 million Americans who are looking for work in America as he is almost the 12 million undocumented individuals the President claims are looking for work in America. News reports even show 50 percent of new American college graduates canít even find work.
Mr. Speaker, here is the chart we all probably saw in ninth grade civics classes: a bill is filed in the House. If the House of Representatives debates it and passes the bill, it goes down the hallway to the Senate, and they discuss it and vote on the bill. If they pass the bill, it becomes the law if the President signs it.
We call that ìthe law of the land.î
But the President, it seems, has ignored most of this and has just issued new orders from the White House to not pay any attention to the Senate or to the House of Representatives.
Mr. Speaker, like most of us learned in ninth grade civics classes, it is Congressí job to write laws and the Presidentís job to execute the laws. That means: enforce the law. It doesnít mean he is supposed to ignore laws and then issue his own policies like kings used to with their policies. He is to follow the law whether he likes it or not. Once upon a time, the President even claimed to believe in the Constitution.
Here is what he said last year:
ìWith respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, thatís just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed.