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Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., disagrees with President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

Rahall, the only Democrat representing West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a June 18 statement in the House that Obama is "as wrong as he can be" in regards to the country's immigration policy. The Obama administration announced last week that it would cease deporting young illegal immigrants – those who were brought into this country illegally as young children by their parents – if they meet certain criteria and would be issued work permits. But Rahall said Obama is not enforcing the law.

"The Constitution requires the president to enforce the law," Rahall said in his statement. "It authorizes the president to recommend changes to the law. It does not – does not – permit the president to selectively choose which laws to enforce."

Rahall said the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, and Obama's policy is a "slap in the face" to those who came here legally.

"For every immigrant who came to this country legally, abiding by the process and respecting the law, this action is a slap in the face," Rahall said. "For the American workers who will be forced to compete for American jobs against immigrant aliens, this action is a slap in the face."

Rahall said Obama's refusal to implement the law is unacceptable and Congress must see that the constitution is upheld.

"The Congress must disabuse the president and every future president of the notion that laws with which the executive branch disagrees can be ignored," he said. "More important than party, and more important than presidential politics, must be the upholding of the constitution and seeing to it that the laws are faithfully executed."

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