|July 8, 2014
Following criticism from the amnesty crowd, President Obama has retreated on sending unaccompanied illegal children back to their home country. However, the President is making a $3.8 billion emergency supplemental request to Congress to help manage the problem instead of working to stop it. The emergency funding would go to several federal agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State, and Health and Human Services for more immigration judges, additional housing facilities and border patrols agents.
We are not surprised that the President is backing down from a tougher immigration policy; after all, his refusal to enforce existing laws and his promises of amnesty are the primary reason that thousands of Central Americans are trying their luck at the border, despite its dangers.
Additionally, regarding the unaccompanied minors, the William Wilberforce Act of 2008 requires that minors from non-contiguous countries be transferred into the custody of HHS instead of being expeditiously deported back to their country of origin. The bill was first introduced by former Senator Joe Biden and then pushed by Senator Dianne Feinstein, swiftly passing through the House and Senate in a 24-hour period during a lame duck session of Congress in 2008. This law prevents swift deportations and has led to crowded, unsafe conditions at the holding facilities.
The Congress must demand that this law be changed so that illegal children from non-contiguous countries are treated the same as illegal children from Mexico and Canada. This change in the law is the most critical demand because it will likely stop the influx of illegal children and families. Supposedly, the Administration will be requesting this change separately, but this change should be made before the President’s funding is considered.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for a full committee hearing on Thursday of this week. The House Appropriations Committee hearing has yet to be set.
President Obama should not receive any funding until the following conditions are met:
- The 2008 law should be changed so that unaccompanied minors, regardless of their home country, are all treated the same way. This means that they are quickly interviewed by Border Patrol officers in order to determine if they can claim “credible fear” in their home country, and if they cannot, they are quickly and humanely repatriated.
Then, through the Appropriations process, these conditions should be written into law:
- No foreign aid will be sent to the sending countries until they agree to take back their citizens; and
- All extra domestic money should go to the Border Patrol and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations to detain, process, and remove the illegal crossers. Emergency supplemental funding should NOT go to: the Department of Health and Human Services to warehouse illegals; to any agency to transport the illegals around the U.S.; and certainly not to the “charities” paid to resettle refugees across the nation.
Please call Sen. Shelby and Rep. Roby as shown below. Please email your Congressman and Senators immediately, and demand they make these conditions for funding.
Senate Appropriations Committee (Republicans)
Richard C. Shelby, Ranking Member (AL) – (202)-224-5744
Thad Cochran (MS) – (202)-224-5054
Mitch McConnell (KY) – (202)-224-2541
Lamar Alexander (TN) – (202)-224-4944
Susan Collins (ME) – (202)-224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (AK) – (202)-224-6665
Lindsey Graham (SC) – (202)-224-5972
Mark S. Kirk (IL) – (202)-224-2854
Dan Coats (IN) – (202)-224-5623
Roy Blunt (MO) – (202)-224-5721
Jerry Moran (KS) – (202)-224-6521
John Hoeven (ND) – (202)-224-2551
Mike Johanns (NE) – (202)-224-4224
John Boozman (AR) – (202)-224-4843
House Appropriations Committee (Republicans)
Chairman Hal Rogers (KY) – (202)-225-4601
Frank R. Wolf (VA) – (202)-225-5136
Jack Kingston (GA) – (202)-225-5831
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ) – (202)-225-5034
Tom Latham (IA) – (202)-225-5476
Robert B. Aderholt (AL) – (202)-225-4876
Kay Granger (TX) – (202)-225-5071
Mike Simpson (ID) – (202)-225-5531
John Culberson (TX) – (202)-225-2571
Ander Crenshaw (FL) – (202)-225-2501
John Carter (TX) – (202)-225-3864
Ken Calvert (CA) – (202)-225-1986
Tom Cole (OK) – (202)-225-6165
Mario Diaz-Balart (FL) – (202)-225-4211
Charlie Dent (PA) – (202)-225-6411
Tom Graves (GA) – (202)-225-5211
Kevin Yoder (KS) – (202)-225-2865
Steve Womack (AR) – (202)-225-4301
Alan Nunnelee (MS) – (202)-225-4306
Jeff Fortenberry (NE) – (202)-225-4806
Tom Rooney (FL) – (202)-225-5792
Chuck Fleischmann (TN) – (202)-225-3271
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA) – (202)-225-3536
David Joyce (OH) – (202)-225-5731
David G. Valadao (CA) – (202)-225-4695
Andy Harris (MD) – (202)-225-5311
Martha Roby (AL) – (202)-225-2901
Mark Amodei (NV) – 202-225-6155
Chris Stewart (UT) – 202-225-9730