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- 06-19-2012, 05:38 PM #1
GOP lawmakers' bills would block Obama deportation policy
By Pete Kasperowicz - 06/19/12 09:10 AM ET
Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) on Monday proposed legislation that would block enforcement of President Obama's new policy of letting certain illegal immigrants request temporary relief from deportation.
Schweikert's bill would specifically prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from allowing that relief, which Obama described on Friday as an option for up to 800,000 immigrants who came to the United States illegally at a young age. Schweikert said his bill would prevent Obama from "dictating" immigration law from the White House.
"Last week, the president decided to grant amnesty and hand out work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while over 23 million Americans remain unemployed and the civilian participation rate is at a 30-year low," he said Monday. "This amounts to an abdication of duty to the American people who are struggling in this economy.
"Instead of working with Congress to secure our border and reform our immigration policy, President Obama sought to circumvent Congress once again."
Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and six other Republicans introduced similar legislation on Monday, the "Prohibiting Back-door Amnesty Act," which would prohibit the implementation of the new immigration policy by DHS.
"President Obama and Secretary Napolitano's decision to end the enforcement of many of our nation's immigration laws is stunning in both its arrogance and shortsightedness," Quayle said. "This end-run around Congress was a direct rebuke to the principle of three co-equal branches of government outlined in our constitution and more broadly, our entire system of laws."
Quayle's bill is cosponsored by Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.).
Schweikert and Quayle are running against each other in the 6th Congressional district in Arizona; the primary election in late August.
On Friday, Obama said the DHS would immediately allow people who don't pose a national security risk to ask for temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. While Schweikert's bill would prevent DHS from enforcing executive orders on immigration, Obama's policy change came only in the form of a memo on prosecutorial discretion from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, not an executive order.
Republicans have continued to criticize Obama's announcement as a political ploy to win over minority voters in the November election, one that consciously seeks to avoid enforcement of laws on the books.
On Monday, House Republicans blasted the decision as one that ignores the primary role of Congress in writing immigration laws, and said Congress needs to fight back against the selective enforcement of these laws.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Senate Democrats welcomed the move, and Reid said the decision is appropriate in large part because Congress has been unable to act on immigration reform.
House Republicans on Tuesday morning continued to rail against the Obama announcement. Aside from opposing what they call the selective enforcement of U.S. immigration law, they argued that by letting illegal aliens apply for work authorization, Obama is forcing unemployed U.S. citizens to compete with non-citizens.
"The White House decree is bad for America," said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). "It is unconscionable for the White House to pit unemployed Americans against illegal aliens in a competition for scarce jobs."
"It would be nice if the president was as concerned about the 23 million Americans looking for work in America as he is about the 12 million undocumented individuals the president claims are looking for work in America," Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) added.
GOP lawmakers' bills would block Obama deportation policy - The Hill's Floor ActionWe have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.
- 06-19-2012, 08:29 PM #2
Silly waste of time. Harry Reid will spike it in the Senate, and Obama would never sign it anyway (obviously). Better to get behind Steve King's lawsuit.
- 06-19-2012, 10:01 PM #3
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- 06-20-2012, 12:07 AM #4
I kind of see this as a trap. Those darn republicans stopped me again. See, I tried to get this thru, but the repubs wouldn't let me.
- 06-20-2012, 09:58 AM #5
Immediate Action and calls needed here, please help!
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- 06-21-2012, 05:26 AM #6
We need to keep the pressure on Congress and get bills passed that prevent the Executive Branch, no matter what person sits in the White House, from usurping our laws. We also need to clean up immigration law that even allows DHS to exercise administrative deportation waivers and cancellations.
To tell illegal aliens of any age, "oh well, since you have been violating our laws for so many years that this is all you know, we'll let you continue forever if you graduate from high school or spend a couple of years in the Army" is like telling a thief, "oh well since you've been stealing since you were kid for so many years, but because you graduated from high school or spent a couple of years in the Army, we're going to let you be a petty thief forever."
Send these people home to their country of citizenship with their parents in tow where they all belong, and stop this nonsense."A Nation Without Borders Is Not A Nation." Ronald Reagan "SAVE AMERICA, DEPORT CONGRESS." Judy