GOP bill would authorize lawsuit against Obama for immigration action

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has introduced legislation authorizing a lawsuit against the Obama administration for any executive action on immigration.

Under the resolution, H. Res. 757, the House’s Office of General Counsel would represent the House in any civil action initiated by the Speaker. Alternatively, the Speaker could hire an outside attorney to litigate the case.

{mosads}Brooks argued that seeking judicial action would limit executive branch overreach and reinforce separation of powers.

“President Obama should be held to his own words and bound by the United States Constitution,” said Brooks in a statement. “Thankfully, our system of government grants courts the authority to resolve legal disputes.”

Brooks said after a GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning that a lawsuit would “force the president to obey immigration law.”

The resolution’s introduction came as the House GOP hired a third lawyer, Jonathan Turley, to litigate the lawsuit against  Obama for his use of executive power after two previous legal teams backed out. That case focuses primarily on the delay of the healthcare law’s employer mandate that directs employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide insurance coverage. 

Two previous law firms hired by the House GOP leadership both dropped the case.

President Obama could unveil his executive actions on immigration reform as early as this Friday. Republicans have signaled that they will look at ways to block or defund those reforms.

Updated at 3:17 p.m.

Tags Executive action Immigration reform John Boehner Mo Brooks Obama

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