Peace previously demanded that the AG join the lawsuit to support the Constitution and against Obama’s Immigration Policy. Central Virginia – On December 7, 2014, Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) issued a letter to Attorney General Mark Herring “requesting that you take immediate action to add the Commonwealth to the growing coalition of sovereign states that are pursuing legal action challenging President Barack Obama’s recent actions changing immigration law.”
In the letter, Peace continued, “One of your many duties includes defending the rights and interests of the citizens of Virginia as enumerated in the Federal and State Constitutions. While you have not always chosen to do so as regards hyper-partisan policies, the President’s recent actions present another important opportunity for you to defend the Commonwealth’s interests. Maintaining and preserving a system of laws and the separation of powers which flows from the Constitution requires your immediate attention. I encourage you to join numerous states in defending our Constitution that you swore an oath to uphold.” To read Peace’s full letter to the AG: http://bit.ly/1H1pcMK
In response, yesterday, Attorney General Herring united with 14 other attorneys general and the District of Columbia in filing a brief with a federal appeals court that states the president’s November orders are both legal and beneficial.
“While I am deeply disappointed in the actions of Virginia’s Attorney General, I am not surprised. By joining in this brief, he continues to show that he has little desire to uphold the Constitution. The President has stated that the path to immigration reform should go through the proper legislative channels; and on that we agree. We need to enact common sense proposals to provide more effective enforcement of existing laws and improve coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities. I encourage our Congressman Dave Brat to assist us as state officials in this regard,” said Peace. “With reforms we honor the legal immigrants who have helped and continue to make our great Commonwealth the best place to work and raise a family.”
Delegate Chris Peace is frequently rated one of Virginia’s most business-friendly conservatives. Peace’s voting record shows a consistent focus on opposing tax increases, protecting family values defending the Constitution, and promoting job creation and a high quality of life in Hanover, King William and New Kent counties.