Hatch: Executive Amnesty Will Backfire

In a Politico op-ed, Sen. Orrin Hatch warns Pres. Obama that true immigration reform can only happen with the legislative cooperation of the new GOP-controlled Congress.

Writes Hatch:

There is a viable path to meaningful immigration reform, but it does not begin with executive amnesty. During his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama emphasized that “real” immigration reform must involve “fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods and attract the highly skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.” But effectively fixing this high-skilled piece of the immigration puzzle will require legislative action, and the president’s promise to act unilaterally in other areas will only short-circuit the statutory reforms we desperately need.