Past Features

November 12, 2012

No Surrender on Immigration
Who will protect the nation, if not us?

by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)
Politico -- November 10, 2014   
    On Election Day, Americans roared in protest against the President's open-borders extremism. They rallied behind candidates who will defend the rule of law and put the needs of American workers and families first.
    Exit polls were unequivocal. More than 3 in 4 voters cited immigration as an important factor in their vote, believed that U.S. workers should get priority for jobs, and opposed the President's plans for executive amnesty. These voters were right and just in their demands.
    But President Obama made clear that he would attempt to void the election results --- and our laws --- by moving forward with his executive amnesty decree.
    This decree would operate much like his unlawful “Deferred Action”: conferring work permits, photo IDs, and Social Security numbers to millions of individuals illegally present in the U.S. --- allowing them to take jobs and benefits directly from struggling American workers. It is a scheme the Congress has explicitly refused to pass. [...]
    Congress has the power of the purse. The President cannot spend a dime unless Congress appropriates it.
    Karl Rove, who himself has advocated for amnesty, urged Congress to use its spending power to block the President's fiat. He said Republicans should “use every tool available,” and put “riders on appropriations bills that say no money shall be spent to execute this policy.”
    Yet reports have surfaced of plans to pass a long-term lame-duck spending bill through Harry Reid's Senate that contains no such prohibition. This would be unthinkable.
Related:
Will Boehner Give Obama Everything in Lame Duck?
ABP Note: The House returns today and only fifteen legislative days remain until the new Congress is sworn in on Jan. 5, 2015.

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