Congressman Jim Bridenstine Declares Executive Amnesty Is Unconstitutional, Unfair, Costly, and Dangerous
Washington, DC, November 20, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tonight, President Obama announced a series of executive orders regarding immigration. His executive amnesty is illegal, unfair, costly, and dangerous because it will spur a wave of further illegal immigration.
Last month, I visited with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and National Guard personnel manning the Rio Grande Valley sector of the southern border _ the area most trafficked by cartels smuggling people, drugs, and weapons into the United States. The border is not secure. CBP is undermanned, underfunded, and hampered by ridiculous environmental protection laws that limit patrol and surveillance access across much of the border.
I also learned that the cartels (and the foreign governments that abet smuggling operations) are deeply sensitive to changes in U.S. immigration policy. During the Unaccompanied Children surge crisis, House Republicans passed a bill to suspend foreign aid to Central American countries until they acted to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Though President Obama ignored our bill, the mere threat of congressional action prompted consular officials from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to instruct detained illegals to stay home once deported.
How should Congress respond to Obama's illegal executive amnesty? Congress should exercise the power of the purse to withhold funding necessary to implement the President's amnesty. I hope the President does not choose to shut down the government to enact an executive action that American does not want, that Congress did not vote for, and that is unconstitutional.
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