What Utah politicians have to say about Pres. Obama’s immigration reform plans

Posted at 11:53 AM, Nov 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 13:53:59-05

Gov. Gary R. Herbert sent Fox 13 the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s immigration policy announcement:

“I am disturbed the president would take such divisive and unilateral action. The American system of government was designed to have laws created by the legislative branch, and those laws faithfully executed by the chief executive. We operate within that system in Utah and expect the same at the federal level. All Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, should be concerned about Pres. Obama’s blatant disregard of his oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Our broken immigration system compromises our national security and hampers our economy. However, the issue must be addressed by Congress. I am afraid the president’s action tonight will only poison the well and make resolution of the matter more difficult.”

 Congresswoman Elect Mia Love posted her response on Facebook:

Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon sent Fox 13 this statement:

“Our American Dream, and the principles on which our nation is founded, is based on the right for individuals and families to feel safe in their communities and make a better life for themselves. Today, our President, despite the years of dysfunction in Washington, took a major step forward to ensure that families are kept together and our documented and undocumented brothers and sisters have the opportunity to seek the same thing we are all after – a better life for ourselves and our children.  Our nation has been seeking immigration reform for decades and whether or not people like the President acting alone using his executive powers, today’s action is a huge step forward to beginning that dialogue and implementing the change our country so desperately needs.”