RALEIGH, N.C. — As the John Locke Foundation prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary with new programs and initiatives, the free-market think tank is also announcing the promotion of Executive Vice President Kory Swanson to the post of president and CEO.
Longtime president John Hood is taking a new job as president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker, but will remain chairman of the JLF board of directors. Hood helped found JLF and has served as president for most of the organization’s nearly 25-year history.
Senator Richard Burr
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President’s announcement:
“Tonight the President announced his intention to pursue amnesty for illegal immigrants through executive action. This decision, counter to his own statements over the last few years, represents the very height of Presidential arrogance and signifies a dangerous shift from a nation of laws to a nation of men. In order to achieve some sort of gain for his political party, the President risks damage to the rule of law in our nation, but he also threatens a more immediate impact on those here legally, those following the legal process to gain entry into our country, and others struggling to find work in a fragile economy. Our border states will also be further stressed as they deal with another, almost certain surge of additional illegal immigrants looking for similar treatment from this White House.”
CORNELIUS, N.C. – Senator-elect Thom Tillis issued the following statement in advance of President Obama’s expected announcement of executive action on immigration:
“President Obama’s executive action on immigration will exacerbate the problems of an already broken immigration system and send a troubling signal that he has no interest in bipartisan cooperation with Congress. Instead of ignoring the will of the American people and overstepping his constitutional authority, the President should work with both parties to secure our nation’s borders.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement prior to the President’s announced executive action on immigration:
“I’d like to say a few words this morning about President Obama’s proposed executive action on immigration.
“And I’ll begin with a quote from the President. ‘Democracy is hard,’ he said during a commencement speech in Miami three years ago. “But it’s right. [And] changing our laws means doing the hard work of changing minds and changing votes, one by one.”
“As someone who well understands just how difficult the work of changing minds and votes can be, I couldn’t agree more with the President’s statement.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, released the following statement on President Obama’s executive action announcement:
“Today’s immigration announcement is great news for families in Nevada and across the country. Millions of families in our nation and thousands in Nevada will no longer have to live in fear of losing a loved one to deportation. The President’s executive action will not only keep families together, it will enforce our immigration laws in a way that protects our national security and public safety. It will strengthen our economy by creating new jobs and allowing these families to fully contribute to the only country they call home.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration:
“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together; they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives. That is not how American democracy works. Not long ago, President Obama said the unilateral action he just announced was ‘not an option’ and claimed he’d already ‘done everything that I can on my own.’ He said it would lead to a ‘surge in more illegal immigration.’ He said he was ‘not a king’ and ‘not the emperor’ and that he was ‘bound by the Constitution.’ He said an action like this would exceed his authority and be ‘difficult to justify legally.’ He may have changed his position, but that doesn’t change the Constitution.
Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President’s executive action on illegal immigration:
“The President doesn’t seem to get the point that he must work with the government he has, not the government he wants. But despite Congress and the American people’s resistance to President Obama’s unilateral action—action the President himself said would ‘violate our laws’ and be ‘very difficult to defend legally’—the President has decided to go it alone yet again. As President Obama himself said, ‘there are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system.’ We urge the President to listen to his own words. America is a country of laws, and our Constitution does not grant the President the authority to legalize millions of immigrants with the stroke of a pen.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Obama announced Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in his address to the nation:
“Tonight, President Obama announced bold action to bring our broken immigration system into line with our values as a people and our needs as a nation. The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will secure our borders, prioritize enforcement, and provide relief to millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who may now have a happy Thanksgiving free from the fear of separation.
AUSTIN, TX — Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of executive action on illegal immigration:
“In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president’s decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.”
Congressman Mark Meadows
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced that he is taking executive action to grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
“President Obama’s decision to utterly bypass Congress and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants—against the will of the American people—is lawless, unconstitutional, and frankly, un-American. The separation of powers was carefully written into our Constitution by our Founders to ensure that no one individual would have the power to override the will of the American people. The President’s unprecedented abuse of executive orders is an affront to the voice of the people. The decision to grant amnesty now rather than wait until January to work with the new Congress on a long term solution to our nation’s immigration problem shows that the President is interested in politics, not real solutions.”