McConnell Should Not Capitulate on Defunding Obama Amnesty

“Senate Democrats are demanding that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abandon his pledge to block funding for President Obama’s unlegislated illegal alien amnesty program in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. In a letter to McConnell, Democrats are urging that House language defunding the president’s amnesty proposal be stripped, and that the Senate approve a “clean” spending bill,” noted FAIR in a press release yesterday.

“‘What the Senate minority is demanding is the antithesis of a ‘clean’ DHS Appropriations bill, and McConnell must not capitulate,’ said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). ‘What the Democrats are seeking is a dirty bill that actually funds the President’s executive amnesty. It allows the administration to divert money and manpower from the department’s primary responsibilities — securing the homeland and enforcing our immigration laws — to carrying out a massive amnesty program that was never authorized by Congress.’”

Dan Stein Op-Ed: House Must Stand Firm Against Obama’s Amnesty

John Boehner, Nancy PelosiOn Wednesday, the House of Representatives took an important first step toward protecting the interests and security of the American people, and the integrity of our constitutional system of government. The House bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the remainder of this fiscal year includes provisions prohibiting the federal government from using money appropriated or collected through fees to implement the sweeping illegal alien amnesty policies announced by President Obama in November, or to expand the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty.

It is impossible for DHS to thoroughly vet the 5 million people who are believed to be eligible to ensure that those who pose a threat to the nation do not gain legal status in this country.
– Dan Stein

Under the plan announced by the President, some 5 million illegal aliens would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States. Moreover, under accompanying memos issued by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, virtually all of the remaining illegal alien in the country would be exempted from removal.

Originally published on Fox News Latino. Click here to read more.

Obama Sets Record for Most Executive Action Since 1945

penandphoneThe public has debated whether Obama’s recent executive amnesty ought to be classified as an executive order, but on Tuesday, a USA Today report confirmed executive orders, memoranda and policy directives all fall under the same tree.
The paper proved the president has used these alternative means – memoranda and policy directives – for the same items and actions previous presidents utilized executive orders.
Obama claims to have issued fewer executive orders (195 through Tuesday) than any other two-term president over the past century. New findings from USA Today indicate Obama’s assertion to be nothing short of a well-maneuvered talking point that was crafted to misrepresent the level of overreach his administration has had on Americans.
In reality, this White House has issued 198 memos since January 2009, including the immigration-related ones last month. That number by itself is greater than any other president’s record since 1945. When combined with his executive orders, the grand total places him ahead of any other president over the past 70 years.
According to the report, Obama has signed 33 percent more presidential memoranda in less than six years than his predecessor George W. Bush did in eight. Furthermore, Obama has issued 45 percent more than the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton.
The White House staff likely used memoranda because unlike executive orders, memos are not numbered or indexed, making them hard to track, until the archiving process changed recently. Additionally, an “executive order immediately evokes potentially damaging questions of ‘imperial overreach,’” according to the Presidential Studies Quarterly. By issuing a more pleasant-sounding type of action, the public is left more at ease.
Even the president’s advisers in The Office of Legal Counsel told USA Today there is no difference between a memorandum and executive order.
Therefore, the Obama administration’s claims to have issued the fewest number of executive orders are not only inaccurate but an intentional effort to mislead the public. He has not exercised restraint, but undermined the system to restructure how executive business is carried out.
When it comes to true immigration policy, Obama’s recent amnesty via memoranda ought to be taken just as seriously as an executive order. He is the only president to use a memorandum more often than an executive order. America must react to his overreaching of the overruling process, especially in light of the effect it is having on U.S. immigration policy.

#Defund on #GivingTuesday

GT_blueFor the past two years, we thwarted the well-funded attempts to shove amnesty through Congress because Americans made their voices heard in Washington.  Now President Obama has plowed over the separation of powers to grant amnesty in a move of truly tyrannical proportions. We must fight back.

On this #GivingTuesday, join countless Americans exercising the power of your purse by insisting that Congress exercises the power of our national purse to #DefundAmnesty.

President Obama is counting on Americans to forget about their outrage during the holiday season. Watch this urgent update from Dan Stein and find out why #GivingTuesday is the perfect day to kickstart our efforts to #DefundAmnesty.


Pity the President?

Obama speaks on immigrationLatino defenders of illegal aliens are continuing to demand new measures from President Obama designed to provide amnesty for their clients, co-ethnics, and constituents. As The Washington (DC) Examiner reported on November 5, “A group of 39 Hispanic organizations sent a post-election letter to President Obama Wednesday demanding that he immediately stop deportations of thousands of illegal immigrants and implement significant provisions in a rejected bipartisan immigration reform bill.”

Is there no gratitude from those organizations for all that he has done for them already? Wasn’t it enough that he stopped worksite raids aimed at deporting illegal alien workers encumbering jobs that should be available for legal workers? Wasn’t it enough that he restricted enforcement actions against illegal aliens in the interior of the country if they had not committed serious crimes under the guise of prosecutorial discretion? Wasn’t it enough that he decreed a renewable two-year amnesty for aliens who entered the country illegally as minors and gave hundreds of thousands of them work permits so that they could compete for jobs with U.S. workers? Wasn’t it enough that he pushed Congress to adopt a permanent general amnesty for an estimated 11 million or more illegal aliens?

Apparently not. According to a Breitbart News report, immediately after the mid-term election results were known, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leading spokesperson for a general amnesty, was again lecturing President Obama on the need to use executive action to provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. “Success on immigration means a full approach to reform, which to me means expanding protections to 5 to 8 million undocumented people currently living in this country.” Gutierrez did not want more partial measures like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); “Go big” he urged.

Despite the election results, President Obama apparently has not yet come to realize he is being pushed by these amnesty activists down a path of lawlessness that is likely to provoke a constitutional crisis as he oversteps the boundary between legislative and executive spheres of action. He has publicly committed himself to unilateral action to provide further protections for illegal aliens – despite his earlier response to the amnesty advocates that he does not have the constitutional power to do so.

President Obama has been pushed by the amnesty advocates down a slippery slope. Regardless of what he does next, the pattern is clear that the advocates will not be satisfied until there is a general and blanket amnesty. Regardless of his next actions and the political battle with Congress that it will provoke – probably involving legal action that will head for the Supreme Court – President Obama can expect no respite from the amnesty advocates. So, pity him? No, he has asked for it.