When President Obama decided to unilaterally change immigration policy after Republicans took control of the Senate in 2014, Republicans said he was defying the Constitution, breaking the rule of law, and behaving like a king. They were right.
The Constitution clearly divides the responsibilities of government: Congress makes the laws, the president enforces the laws, and the courts ensure they are administered fairly in all cases. Nowhere does it say the president can take over for Congress when the two branches disagree — Obama couldn’t in 2014 and Trump can’t now.
Many Republicans now in the Senate spoke out in glorious defense of the Constitution’s separation of powers just five years ago: Cruz, Grassley, Enzi, Cornyn, Lee and others. The Constitution hasn’t changed its text. Why have these senators changed their mind?
Chris Truax, Republicans for the Rule of Law