2015 Victories: Defending the Constitution from President Obama’s Illegal Executive Overreach



November 24, 2015

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2015.

President Obama has launched unparalleled assaults on the U.S. Constitution. At every step – on Capitol Hill and in federal courts – we continue to defend the constitutional structure put in place by our Founding Fathers to ensure every citizen’s freedom and liberty is protected.

When President Obama fails to do the hard work of persuading Congress to adopt his legislative agenda, he resorts to insults and lawless Executive actions. After the people repudiated his radical agenda in the 2014 election, he once again took the law into his own hands and unconstitutionally took an Executive action that unilaterally rewrote our nation’s immigration laws.

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow went to Capitol Hill and testified with a very simple message: The President is not a king.  And impatient Presidents don’t get to “change the law.”

We aggressively pushed back against this dangerous and unconstitutional imperial presidency.  We filed a number of critical amicus briefs on behalf of key Members of Congress and hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens in federal court supporting more than half of the States in their challenge to this illegal Executive overreach.

Most recently, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with our arguments and the trial court below, blocking President Obama’s Executive overreach. President Obama has lost time and time again, but he continues to defend what is indefensible. His Administration has now filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.

And at every step, we will continue to be there – including at the Supreme Court – to defend the Constitution and the American people.  We are winning.  The courts have blocked President Obama’s Executive lawlessness as the case continues on appeal.  We will not give up in defense of the Constitution.

To help the ACLJ continue to have the resources we need to make these victories possible and continue these fights, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the ACLJ through our year-end Matching Challenge. Your gift will be doubled dollar-for-dollar through the end of the year.

You will be able to read more in the ACLJ’s 2015 Victories series here.