More than 100 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed an amicus brief, backing the 26 states that are suing the Obama administration over the immigration executive action. The brief, which was filed on May 11th by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), includes the names of 113 Republican legislators who openly oppose the deportation relief this action would provide to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Among the names in this brief are two 2016 presidential hopefuls – Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz. While Sen. Rand Paul has not signed the brief, neither has Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has not yet officially announced whether she will run in 2016.

A Closer Look at the Brief…

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The 33-page brief essentially presents arguments regarding why the immigration executive action violates the U.S. Constitution. In particular, the brief contends that President Obama refused to enforce certain immigration laws while attempting to legislate new policy without Congress. Here’s a short excerpt from the brief:

The Constitution vested in Congress the exclusive authority to make law and set immigration policies. Congress has created a comprehensive immigration scheme… but the class identified by the DHS directive for categorical relief is unsupported by this scheme… Moreover, the DHS directive, by the admission of the President, changes the law and sets a new policy, exceeding the Executive’s constitutional authority and disrupting the delicate balance of powers.

Supporters of Immigration Executive Action Submit Briefs

The recently submitted ACLJ brief was not the only such brief to be filed with the court, as other groups have reportedly submitted brief supporting the President’s immigration orders. These groups have included the American Immigration Council, as well as more than 180 members of Congress, 15 states and more than 70 county officials.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has not yet stated when it will render a decision in the pending lawsuit. However, a hearing has been set for July.

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