President Obama’s designated this week of a new national monument area in New Mexico failed to include important additional protections for border security, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.
“For many months I have warned that the president’s fondness for unilateral action has created widespread doubt among the American people that he and his administration can be counted on to enforce any law he signs, particularly when it comes to securing our nation’s borders and reforming our immigration system,” Boehner said.
“The president’s announcement today intensifies those concerns, demonstrating a level of audacity that is remarkable even for this administration,” Boehner declared. “Once again, the president has chosen to bypass the legislative branch — and, in this case, do so in a manner that adds yet another challenge in our ongoing efforts to secure our Southern border. At a time of continued cartel violence in Mexico, we should not be putting any additional restraints on efforts to protect our borders.