Rep. Wilson on Whether Constitution Gives Obama Power to Legalize Illegals: ‘Ask the President’

By Ali Meyer | November 14, 2014 | 3:56pm EST

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) (AP)

( -- When asked whether the Constitution grants President Barack Obama the authority to unilaterally convert illegal aliens into legal residents, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) did not answer the question but said  “to ask the president."

At a Politic365 event at the National Press Club, asked Rep. Wilson, “Does the Constitution give President Obama the authority to unilaterally convert..”

Wilson interrupted saying,  “the Constitution?” continued, “convert illegal aliens into legal residents in the United States?”

Wilson responded, “You’re going have to ask the president that. That’s a question for the president -- not for me.” continued, “Do you think that putting them [illegal aliens] on a path to citizenship would help the unemployed in America?”

Wilson said, “You have to ask the people who research that, I’m not researching that right now.”

President Obama has said that he intends to take unilateral action to give illegal aliens a path to be legal, if Congress does not act.  Yet according to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, Congress has that power, not the Executive branch.

“Congress shall have the power… to establish a uniform rule of naturalization,” states the Constitution.

“Executive amnesty is a sham,” said Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason Law School. “It is both an improper extension of executive power and crime.”

“Neither the Constitution nor any federal law permits the president to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Moreover, the president has no legal authority to direct his administrative state to defer, suspend or stop deportations,” Kelsey said. “This abuse of power by the president in his DACA decree is one reason why his opponents refer to him as a ‘lawless’ president.”

While President Obama has authority to issue executive orders, Congress has the power of the purse, meaning the House must decide whether to fund any of the president’s actions, including any form of immigration amnesty, Obamacare, or even Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

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