January 14, 2015
Time and time again, the President has bypassed Congress and the Constitution to unilaterally make our laws. In November, he announced his plan to implement an unconstitutional act of executive amnesty. In response, I immediately introduced legislation with Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) to withhold all funds for the implementation of executive amnesty. And today, I was pleased to support legislation that does the same. The House passed the 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill to put a stop to the President’s executive overreach. The bill included several amendments that specifically target President Obama’s amnesty plan, making sure there is no grey area in the law. This legislation uses Congress’s power of the purse to cut off funding for the President’s unconstitutional act.
Here’s more information on the amendments:
Amendment #1 (Aderholt):Prevents funds – whether appropriated or from user fees or from any source collected by DHS - from being used to carry out the executive actions announced on November 20, 2014, blocking the granting of deferred action and prosecutorial discretion.
Amendment #2 (Blackburn):Freezes funds – whether appropriated or from user fees collected by DHS – for any new, renewal or previously denied applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Amendment #3:Ensures that sex offenders and domestic violence criminals are the top priority for removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Amendment #4:Reaffirms that the interests of immigrants who are present in the US legally are placed above those of unlawful immigrants.
Amendment #5: Protects US workers over undocumented workers. President Obama announced that his plan would exclude unlawful immigrants from Obamacare, giving businesses a $3,000 incentive to hire undocumented workers over US workers.
In addition to stopping the President’s unlawful, executive amnesty, it’s long past time for our southern border to be secured. After all, defending our nation’s sovereignty is the first duty of the federal government. We have to stop the problem where it starts, and protecting the border is the answer. I have visited with law enforcement and residents along the border numerous times. I know the border is not secure, contrary to what the President has said. That is why I have again introduced the SMART Border Act. This legislation outlines a robust border protection strategy that will give border law enforcement agencies the tools they need. It would also require Congress – not unelected unaccountable bureaucrats at DHS – to determine when the border is actually deemed secured, and if it is not done so in a timely manner, it authorizes the hiring of additional Border Patrol and the deployment of the National Guard, which would be under the control of the Border State Governor.
The President cannot simply ignore our laws and make his own. In fact, he even said over 20 times he did not have the authority to do so. On March 28, 2011, the President said: "There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply, through executive order, ignore those congressional mandates, would not conform with my appropriate role as President." The Constitution is the supreme law of the land; it cannot and will not be treated as a mere suggestion. The Founders specifically designed our government so that Congress has the ability to “check” and balance an out of control Executive. It is our duty to do so. Today’s legislation helps us achieve just that. I will continue to fight for that and to push our conference in a conservative direction.
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GOD and TEXAS,
Member of Congress