Last night, true immigration reformers introduced the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act of 2015. This bill not only defunds President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty, but will block further attempts by this or future administrations from rewriting immigration laws through executive memos!! The Repeal Executive Amnesty Act, introduced by Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Lamar Smith (R-TX), will restore Congress’s constitutional authority to make immigration laws and restore confidence that our immigration laws are being enforced in the interest of the American people.
FAIR applauds the introduction of the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act because swift action is needed to rein in abuse of executive power. Among the key provisions in the bill:
Prohibits DHS or any other federal agency from using funds or fees made available to them to “implement, administer, enforce, or carry out” any amnesty policies established through executive memos. Among other things, it would cut-off funding for president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty and the broader executive amnesty program announced on Nov. 20, 2014.
Curbs the abuse of parole that has allowed entire classes of inadmissible aliens to enter or remain in the United States. Further, it bars aliens with parole status from gaining lawful permanent residency or work authorization. The bill restores the original intent of parole authority, that it be used on a limited case-by-case basis to allow aliens to enter the U.S. temporarily for humanitarian purposes.
Bars illegal aliens granted deferred action from gaining work authorization. The bill would protect American workers by preventing millions of illegal aliens from legally taking jobs sought by citizens and legal immigrants.
Protects American taxpayers by barring illegal aliens granted deferred action or parole by the Obama administration from accessing certain public benefits including Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare.
Restores state and local governments as partners in immigration enforcement by expressly reaffirming that local law enforcement, acting within constitutional limits, has the authority to identify, apprehend, and detain individuals suspected of violating U.S. immigration laws. In addition, the bill requires federal authorities to take custody of removable aliens at the request of state or local authorities.
Reinstates the Secure Communities program terminated by Sec. Jeh Johnson on Nov. 20, 2014. Secure Communities identifies removable aliens who are arrested and charged with other crimes by state and local police. The bill requires DHS to assume custody and initiate removal proceedings against aliens identified under Secure Communities.
Reins in executive authority to waive the 3- and 10-year bars on illegal aliens returning legally to the U.S.
Ends the incentives for smuggling minors into the United States by amending the 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act to treat aliens from non-contiguous countries the same way the law treats Mexican and Canadian minors who enter the country illegally.
Call your Member of Congress NOW! There is no time to waste!!! We expect the Homeland Security funding bill to be on the floor of the House as early as NEXT TUESDAY!! And, our sources tell us that House Leadership may only consider adding a narrow defunding provision, not one that permanently reverses the President’s immigration policies.
Call your Representatives now and tell them:
- You oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty
- You want Congress to stop the President’s abuse of power, now and in the future
- You expect your Member of Congress to support the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act
- You would like your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act
- You demand that Congress act NOW to restore respect for immigration law and the American people
If your Member of Congress is Reps. Aderholt, Barletta, or Smith, be sure to thank them for introducing true immigration reform legislation in the opening days of the new Congress.
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