Congressman Tom Reed Issues Statement About the President’s Speech

November 21, 2014

Congressman Tom Reed (R, Corning) has issued the following statement, about last night’s speech by President Barack Obama:

“Rather than taking unilateral, clearly unconstitutional action that even the President conceded many times over the years is the case, I hoped the President would have worked with Congress to find solutions which are fair to those who follow the rules and come to this country legally. By turning his back on American citizens across the country, and failing to ensure the country’s national security remained our mutual top priority, the President has placed politics over the interest of his fellow citizens. That is just plain wrong and fails to care for the safety of our fellow American citizens.

I do not support amnesty. However, I do believe a path to a solution exists that would provide legal work status to those here illegally, and at the same time ensure our national security remained intact. There is a path to compromise, but the President simply doesn’t know how to get there. In Listening to our constituents this is a path I know that could work.

I hope the President will work with us on this type of solution to immigration reform rather than abusing his authority to gain a political point and at the same time putting all of us at risk as a result. “