HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - President Obama says America's immigration system is broken and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that it needs to be fixed. But critics say the president is going about it the wrong way.
Conservative Republicans accuse President Obama of violating the constitution by trying to create new laws.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks says what the president did goes against the constitution.
The issue boils down to whether or not President Obama is creating new laws or furthering laws that are already on the books.
While it's pretty common for presidents to use executive orders, Brooks believes the one President Obama issued on Thursday night is unconstitutional because it goes too far. He says it is much broader than past executive orders and creates new laws, something presidents aren't allowed to do.
"What the president is doing in this instance is not further the laws that are already on the books," said Brooks. "Rather he is nullifying them and suggesting action in direct contradiction to and in conflict with federal law."
Democrats are arguing that President Obama is expanding on immigration laws already in existence.