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.
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