WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), regarding the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' rejection of the Obama administration motion to lift a lower court's injunction against two executive policy decisions that would have granted temporary legal status and work authorization to millions of illegal aliens:
"FAIR welcomes the Fifth Circuit's ruling as a victory for the American people and our constitutional form of government. The ruling of the three-judge panel was clear and definitive. The president does not have the authority to simply ignore immigration laws and substitute his own policies in their place.
"The ruling should serve as an impetus for Congress to act to defend the interests of the American people and the Legislative Branch's plenary authority to set our nation's immigration policies. In addition to the two amnesty programs announced last November, the administration, under the guise of setting priorities, has unilaterally adopted policies that place an estimated 87 percent of all immigration law violators off-limits to enforcement.
"The Obama administration must respect the ruling of the courts and abandon its plans to grant amnesty or to otherwise change U.S. immigration policies unilaterally. Congress must exercise its constitutional duty to compel the administration to faithfully carry out the nation's immigration laws."
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.