WASHINGTON - Congressman Andy Barr issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act:

"Today I joined a majority of my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in response to President Obama’s unlawful Executive Order to pass H.R. 5759, the “Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act.”

"The President has ignored the will of the American people and circumvented Congress and taken unilateral action that fails to fulfill his duty to faithfully execute the laws. The legislation I voted for today reaffirms the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws and that the President must enforce those laws; prevents the President from suspending our immigration laws; prohibits the Administration from unilaterally granting amnesty or work permits to undocumented immigrants and declares null and void the President’s recent Executive Action. 

"Kentuckians want Congress to secure our border first and the House has already passed legislation to do that with my support.  We must act to secure the border first, strengthen the immigration system and protect American citizens."