Sen. Blumenthal: Obama ‘Can Give People Who Are Undocumented Here the Ability to Stay’

July 30, 2014 - 4:15 PM

US Constitution

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that although President Barack Obama “can’t make new laws himself” under the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, the president “can give people who are undocumented here the ability to stay.”

“Article One of the Constitution says that ‘Congress shall have power…to establish [a] uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Given that, does President Obama have any unilateral power to legalize illegal aliens?” CNSNews asked Blumenthal.

“The President’s powers are limited to what the statute permits him to do,” he replied. “And there are various ways that he can give people who are undocumented here the ability to stay. For example, as he’s done under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals]. But he can’t make new laws himself alone.”

CNSNews then asked him:  “What should Congress do if the president usurps [its] power over immigration law?”

“Well, if the President usurps [its] power, it can be challenged in court because he’s acting beyond his authority,” Sen. Blumenthal replied. “And the Congress can also make new laws that potentially limit his authority. That’s true of every area - not just immigration, but any area.”