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The House passes $694 Million Border Bill on migrants late Friday to eviscerate President Barack Obama’s amnesty program for young illegal immigrants, and prevent Obama from potentially creating a similar program to millions of other illegal residents.
The bill was the second phase of the GOP’s two-step strategy for dealing with the border crisis. In order to pass a spending bill to beef up U.S. border operations, conservative Republicans insisted on legislation to terminate Obama’s 2012 policy that has kept more than 700,000 younger illegal immigrants from being deported.
Republicans see Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as a policy that has drawn tens of thousands of children to the southern U.S. border over the last few years, creating a costly humanitarian crisis.
The DACA program and the administration’s lax enforcement of immigration laws have served to foster a belief abroad that minors would be allowed to remain in the United State if they were to cross the border.
A recent internal memo written by Border Patrol agents has been said to re-affirm this claim. After interviewing 230 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, “the most heavily-trafficked area of the surge,” Border Patrol agents found that “the main reason the subjects chose this particular time to migrate to the United States was to take advantage of the ‘new’ U.S. ‘law’ that grants a ‘free pass’ or permit (referred to as ‘permisos’) being issued by the U.S. government to female adult OTMs (‘Other Than Mexicans’) traveling with minors and to UACs (‘Unaccompanied Children’).”
The report continued, “The information is apparently common knowledge in Central America and is spread by word of mouth and international and local media.”
Compounding the findings of this report, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said her staff—who recently had toured the Nogales, Ariz., Border Patrol holding facility— “had learned that many of the children were smuggled across the border after hearing radio ads promising they would not be deported,” reported The Washington Post.
The House vote is a victory for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who pushed House conservatives to insist on a vote on DACA as a condition for approving a new funding bill.
Sessions said the Border Bill Is a ‘Surrender To a lawless President‘ because the legislation does not include any language to prevent President Obama from expanding his unilateral legalization of illegal immigrants.
Here’s the statement by Jeff Sessions:
The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5–6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty—urged on by congressional Democrats—would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens.
Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty.
That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.
After years of falling wages and rising joblessness, American workers are pleading for someone to hear them.
How can it be that our President is brazenly advertising that he will nullify and strip away American workers’ immigration protections, and their own elected leaders will not rise to their defense? Or to the defense of our laws and our Constitutional order?
There are other grave concerns with the Granger package as well: because it does not fix our asylum rules and loopholes, the end result of the additional judges and hearings will be more illegal immigrants gaining asylum and access to U.S. welfare. It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal.
Nor will this package make our rogue President actively enforce anything, coming nowhere close to the kinds of reasonable enforcement activities needed to restore the interior application of our immigration laws.
The vote is the first significant Republican response to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since Obama imposed it two years ago.
The measure would freeze in place the DACA and wind it down. This means that the president would not be able to add any new immigrants to the program and that those who are in it now could not, at least in theory, be able to renew their status to remain in the country.
The other language in the bill would provide funding and change a 2008 law to make it easier to deport Central American children, treating them the same as children from Mexico and Canada who illegally cross the border. It would also curb President Obama’s executive authority to halt the deportation of some undocumented immigrants, including illegal children brought to our country through the DREAM Act.
President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he’d “act unilaterally, as best he could.”
Obama also said he would “reallocate resources where he could, while making clear he will use whatever executive authority he has to fix our broken immigration system.”
President Obama is already considering using executive orders to expand DACA to between 5 and 6 million illegal aliens, up from the 800,000 he previously granted executive amnesty to with DACA.
No one in D.C. really cares about us, our children or the Constitution for that matter. Whether your kids will have food, good health, quality education or if they will have a job when they grow up. It’s up to us to do that. No one at any level of government gets up in the morning and thinks about you or agonizes over your quality of life. They take their tax bite to fund a dysfunctional bureaucracy and pocket lobbyist money to live well and don’t look back.
At least Sen. Sessions is trying to monkey wrench some of this craziness but this is just one of many major problems the country faces. It is time to clean house! We all have to get off the sofa and see what we can do. Whether you just Google your representatives and get facts to be an informed voter or go stand at the borders, call your Congressman (for what it’s worth), just do something!