Indiana faith leaders and members of the immigrant community are gathering in Indianapolis Thursday to celebrate President Obama’s immigration reform proposals.
Obama’s proposal involves executive action that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation.
Members of the Indiana Campaign for Citizenship applaud the move. They say it’s one that will keep families from being separated and consistent with the value of respecting life.
But Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says the executive action the president proposes is unconstitutional, ignoring entirely the role of Congress.
The Hoosier Republican says granting legal status to those who entered this country illegally is a disservice to immigrants who followed the law.
And Coats says he’s working with his colleagues in Congress to halt the president’s actions, exploring both legislative and legal avenues.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, says he is frustrated with Congress’ inaction on the issue, but he says only the legislative branch has the authority to fix the broken immigration system and that the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.