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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senators question Obama's immigration decision

Georgia's two senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama questioning his recent decision to save certain illegal immigrants from deportation.

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, both Republicans, joined with 18 other colleagues asking a list of questions on the directive, which allows otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain here.

"Not only do we question your legal authority to act unilaterally in this regard, we are frustrated that you have intentionally bypassed Congress and the American people," the letter said. "As President, you swore to uphold and defend the Constitution and enforce the laws. Your recently announced directive runs contrary to that responsibility. Not only is your directive an affront to our system of representative government and the legislative process, but it is an inappropriate use of executive power."

The senators brought up a recent statement of Obama's that he cannot "just change the laws," asking why his position has changed.

They also question the decision to give work authorizations to immigrants under 30, when the unemployment rate for young adults is so high.

With a request for an answer by July 3, the letter also has a long list of procedural questions, including how the implementation will be paid for.

Judicial forum set for Monday

A large slate of judicial candidates will face the voters during a forum Monday.

The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett GOP, although the races in the July 31 election are all nonpartisan.

"Judicial races rarely get the attention garnered by legislative races, but the judiciary is a very important branch of our government and this year in the primary we have many important judgeships to decide," the party's email said about the event.

Former television reporter Mike Moore will moderate the forum, set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

With the retirement of three longtime judges, a dozen attorneys have lined up for the races for a Superior Court bench seat, a State Court bench seat and to become Gwinnett's Probate Court judge.

There is also a partisan race for Clerk of Court, after last year's death of longtime incumbent Tom Lawler.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

NewsReader 1 year, 9 months ago

Since when does the President have to concern himself with pesky details like the Constitution? After all, he is our nation's "RULER" is he not?

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teelee 1 year, 9 months ago

What is to explain? It is all about getting Hispanic votes. Obama doesn't follow the law.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 9 months ago

Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss disagreeing with President Obama on immigration? Wow, what a surprise. No wonder the Republican Party does so poorly with Hispanic voters.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

what is there to question? He needs the Latino vote and they are stupid enough to vote for him. Obama already failed them the past 3 1/2 yrs. DO you really trust a politician again? If we are going to give amnesty to the so-called "bright" illegal students, there will be none to be found. They are all very ignorant of they keep voting democratic. Just look at the # of people on welfare. This government hasn't done one thing to take them off of welfare, but only to keep them on so they can be dependent and controlled by politicians for the rest of their lives.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

No matter who tries to run against Chambliss or Isakson, fear not. We will elect another GOP candidate to take their places. Enough of yellow streak Liberals in the Senate. Each Senate Democrat is too scared to vote their own conscious.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

Have any of you been to the local social security office? If you have, you would feel like you were sitting in Europe, Asia, Middle East, or Latin America, not in the U.S. We are being totally overrun by foreigners, and with this comes their way of life, not the American way of life. Our government, via "human rights" laws, are causing our American culture to be gone forever. The American people here just stand up and take it because they want to be "politically" correct instead of making them respect our country's culture. They are the ones that came here. This is going to haunt us for a long time because eventually you will be seeing their "customs" unfold in our streets. (riots, government takeovers, etc). Notice how large groups congregate in the same areas of the county? The next civil war won't be between Americans.

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