When the union representing the front line of the U.S. immigration system raises the alarm about the Obama Administration’s planned executive amnesty, the American people should be concerned about what is going to happen.
In a widely-reported statement on Wednesday, Kenneth Palinkas, the president of the USCIS Council issued a plea to the American people to contact Congress now and demand that they stop the President’s plans:
That is why this statement is intended for the public: if you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors. We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.
This call-to-action echoes the two questions that FAIR has encouraged the American people to ask their member of Congress:
- Do you support the President’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens?
- Will you cut off funding for it?
Palinkas also noted that an effort to stop this expected unilateral policy was killed in the Senate this summer:
I write today to warn the general public that this situation is about to get exponentially worse – and more dangerous.…This massive unilateral amnesty is slated to be issued after the November 2014 elections. Efforts by members of the Senate to block this action were stopped in their tracks by 52 Senators who, on July 31st, defeated a legislative maneuver to prohibit the President’s actions.
That vote and other immigration-related bills were included in FAIR’s recent Voting Report for the 113th Congress.
As we approach the timeframe established by the Obama Administration for executive amnesty, it is critical that the American people continue to contact their elected officials. Use FAIR’s Town Hall Tracker to find the next opportunity to meet with your Member of Congress or read through our activism guide on calling your Member of Congress before you make a call.
Also, check to see how U.S. Senators and Representatives from your state voted by checking the state voting reports for the 113th Congress.
President Obama has promised to act before December 31, so it is critical that Members of Congress hear from the American people now rather than waiting to act after the details of executive amnesty are announced.