Congressional Republicans who voted for the Cromnibus bill are experiencing a great deal of backlash. Following are two articles on each side of the issue. One is an op-ed from Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2) published in Yellowhammer. The other is from Gaston Mooney, Executive Editor of Conservative Review.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after a Politico report about Senate Democrats’ continued support for the President’s planned executive amnesty, modified only by their desire to alter the timing until after the election:
“A development today reported by Politico ought to send shudders down the spine of those who care about our representative system of government. In an article entitled ‘More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order,’ we learn that Senate Democrats—instead of opposing the President’s executive amnesty—urge him to issue it afterthey face voters in November. As one office relayed to Politico: ‘Obama should use his executive authority to make fixes to the immigration system, but after the November elections.’
The only thing that is more shocking than Senate Democrats’ support for the President’s planned executive amnesty is the cravenness of asking him to proceed beginning the day after the midterms. Once again, powerful politicians are colluding with powerful interest groups to deny you, the American citizen, the protection of your laws and your voice in government. They don’t care what you want, or what you think—they scorn and mock our good and decent citizens for wishing their laws to be enforced.
Never in recent memory has the divide between the everyday citizen and the political elite been as wide as it is now.
Just today, the President reiterated his commitment to implement an executive amnesty that would include work authorization for millions of people who entered illegally or illegally overstayed a visa—allowing them to compete for any job in America. His planned action would also reportedly include a massive boost to the already-huge supply of low-wage labor brought into the U.S. for large corporations.
The immigration debate comes down to several central questions:
Does our country have the right to control its borders and decide who comes to live and work here?
Do citizens have the right to expect and demand that the laws passed by their elected representatives be enforced?
Should American workers get priority for jobs and wages?
Any Senator who believes the answers to these questions are ‘yes’ must support the House-passed bill to block the President’s planned executive amnesty—and demand Leader Reid call it up for a vote. Not one Senate Democrat has done so.
A sovereign nation establishes rules about who can enter, work, and live within its borders. In every imaginable way, the President has worked to dismantle these rules—on the border, in our courts, through our visa system, through our asylum system, through our exit-entry system. And with this planned executive action, the President proposes to scrub away what remains of these rules. And Senate Democrats will have been partners in its commission.”
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
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), has become the leading voice in the Senate for protecting American workers from having their quality of life destroyed by competition from low wage illegal workers and upholding the rule of law and American sovereignty against Obama’s decision to ignore his constitutional duty to enforce our immigration and border security laws.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, Sessions delivered a powerful speech to the Senate….(Read entire article here).
See the accompanying Press Release from Senator Sessions’ office here.
Below is a letter to Governor Bentley signed by leaders of several conservative Alabama groups, requesting that he contact the Director of FEMA and the Director of Health and Human Services for assistance in this border crisis.
Today, the US Supreme Court upheld a key provision in Alabama’s immigration law–the provision allowing police to check the immigration status of persons whom they detain before releasing them. It also allows the police to stop and detain anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant. The SCOTUS blog has a great summary for more information on the ruling.
Last year, we commended the Alabama legislature for having passed the toughest anti-illegal immigration law in the United States. Now the trick is to keep it that way. The law has already been partially upheld in federal court, so we’re off to a good start, but we recognize that some tweaks may be necessary. We are currently evaluating the proposal by the original bill’s sponsor, Rep. Micky Hammon. Keeping in mind that we still have questions that need to be answered and expert opinions to consider, we have several initial thoughts.
First, we are concerned about the sheer number of changes that are made. The new version of the bill looks a lot different from the original version and we are worried the courts will think so too. In fact, 22 of the 34 sections in the bill are changed–that’s a full two-thirds of the legislation. Specifically, we’re worried the 11th Circuit might decide not to hear the current case since the bill they are now evaluating would no longer exist in that form. This would mean we would have to start the entire legal process over again, and it could take years before we get closure on the law.
Our second concern is that a lot of the provisions being tweaked have already been upheld by the courts. For example, HB56 requires a law enforcement officer during a lawful stop, detention, or arrest to conduct an immigration status check of individuals if the officer reasonably suspects the individual is illegally in the United States. (SeeH.B. 658, p.37; Ala. Code § 31-13-12). HB658 limits the requirement to conduct immigration status checks to only situations where an individual is arrested or issued a traffic ticket. It expressly allows for immigration status checks of the passengers in a car, if the driver has been arrested or issued a traffic ticket. (H.B. 658, p.37) The original provision was not enjoined by the court in the current lawsuit and we question the need for changes.
Finally, check out the analysis below prepared by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform. Please take a few minutes to review their assessment of the changes. We share their concerns that many of these changes weaken the legislation.
Below is a letter to Governor Bentley reaffirming support for the immigration law from several Republican legislators. We’re glad to see these elected officials standing up against all the pressure from the media!
In case you missed it, there was a great profile on Kansas Secretary of State (and the author of Alabama’s new immigration law) Kris Kobach in yesterday’s Mobile Press-Register. They cite Eagle Forum of Alabama’s annual conference as Kobach’s first engagement in the state:
Kobach got his introduction to Alabama politics in 2007, through a conference hosted in Birmingham by the Eagle Forum of Alabama, a conservative think tank. There, he met state Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, who said the two developed a relationship that centered on their shared concerns about the nation’s immigration policy.
We’ve spoken with one of the nation’s top immigration lawyers, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who had this to say about yesterday’s ruling:
“The decision was a significant victory for Alabama. Judge Blackburn sustained 75% of Alabama’s HB 56, including the most important sections. This decision vindicates the Republican legislative sponsors of the bill, who were determined to address the problem of illegal immigration in Alabama. They and I drafted the law carefully so that it would withstand judicial scrutiny, and that has proven to be the case.”
Kris also said the ruling will help other states wanting to deal with the issue of illegal immigration:
“Alabama’s victory will help other states that are trying to discourage illegal immigration too. Judge Blackburn rejected most of the flawed reasoning of the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down the Arizona law. This decision stands as a strong counterweight to the Ninth Circuit.”
On that note, Alabama College Republican Chairman, Cliff Sims, has a great op-ed in today’s Daily Caller about the effect of Judge Blackburn’s ruling. You can check it out here, but below are some highlights.