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December 18, 2014

Texas GOP Delegation to Obama: Enforce Immigration Law

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Smith took the lead on sending a letter to Obama on the border crisis (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House and Senate Republicans of the Texas congressional delegation are the latest contingent to stake out a position on the border crisis as time left to act on the issue before the August recess recedes.

On Thursday, all 26 Lone Star State Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill — 24 in the House and two in the Senate — signed on to a letter to President Barack Obama that lays out actions they want him to take to respond to the surge of child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“As members of the Texas delegation, we watch our state endure the impact of illegal immigrant children streaming across our border. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered during their long journeys to the United States,” they write. “But we cannot allow this tragedy to continue. A country that has lost control of its borders has lost control of its future.”

The group wants Obama to, among other things, refrain from issuing executive orders to address various aspects of the nation’s immigration code, on the eve of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s scheduled meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss just that.

Obama’s 2012 executive order to grant stays of deportations to unauthorized immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, the Texas Republicans argue, “has shielded over half a million illegal immigrants from current law [and] it has sent the regrettable message that illegal immigration will not be punished in the United States.”

They also, in their letter, ask Obama to crack down on asylum fraud, end the “catch and release” policy and expedite removals of immigrants apprehended along the border.

The Texas GOP is laying out its priorities for solving the border crisis the day before the full House Republican Conference is due to huddle for another discussion on a list of policy changes from a special GOP working group and a proposed $1.5 billion appropriations measure to fund those proposals.

Here’s the full text of the letter, spearheaded by Rep. Lamar Smith:

Dear Mr. President,

As members of the Texas delegation, we watch our state endure the impact of illegal immigrant children streaming across our border. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered during their long journeys to the United States.

But we cannot allow this tragedy to continue. A country that has lost control of its borders has lost control of its future.

Mr. President, you have the authority to stop the surge of illegal entries by immigrant minors today. Enforcing current immigration laws will go a long way to solving the border crisis.

We therefore urge you to take the following actions to address the current national security and humanitarian crisis on the Southern Border:

1. Suspend your efforts to issue new Executive Orders that weaken enforcement of our immigration laws. Your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order has shielded over half a million illegal immigrants from current law. And it has sent the regrettable message that illegal immigration will not be punished in the United States.

2. End the catch-and-release policy that gives convicted criminal immigrants and illegal immigrants a free pass. Last year, 36,000 criminal immigrants with 88,000 convictions were released from jail to roam our neighborhoods and commit additional crimes instead of being detained and deported.

3. Improve cooperation with local law enforcement agencies so they can help enforce our immigration laws and identify criminal immigrants.

4. Don’t tolerate immigration fraud, which encourages more illegal immigrants to make false claims so they can remain in the United States.

5. Expedite the processing and removal of illegal immigrants who are apprehended at our Southern Border. We can only deter future waves of illegal immigration through swift and certain enforcement of our immigration laws.

Your administration has used existing laws as an excuse for your failure to end the national security and humanitarian crisis on our Southern Border. However, the majority of immigrants apprehended at the border during this crisis can be legally repatriated immediately. Instead, you have permitted almost all to remain in the United States, further encouraging illegal immigration.

Please take the actions cited above to enforce our immigration laws and restore order on the Southern Border. This will save lives and discourage those you have enticed to enter illegally through your current policies.

  • Dave Francis

    WE MUST WAKE UP AMERICA?

    Since 2012 President Obama Gave ACORN Replacement
    $644,000,000—for Illegal Aliens!

    Read the rest at http://theconservativetreehouse.com,
    by Sundance.

    For the past two
    years Barack the First has given $644,000,000 of your money to one private
    organization for the purpose of being the nanny for young illegal aliens the
    Administration has imported into this nation. While the group uses a religion
    in its name, this group has turned over kids to sex traffic people, worked with
    cartels and MS13. As part of their work, they give foreign kids to people in
    the United States—many, themselves,
    illegal aliens, almost NO background check on those given children and almost
    no background check on their clients—given to them by the White House.

    “They are taxpayer
    funded corporations who exist almost exclusively on government
    grants. Despite the words “Baptist” and “Catholic”, these are NOT
    religious “faith based” groups. The name Baptist and Catholic is only
    to give the appearance of “religion” and add a dose of “charity” to the
    appearances. We recently stumbled upon
    Mr. Kevin Dinnin when we were looking around for the primary recipients’ of HHS
    Grants and we came upon the 2012 tax filings of BCFS, or more accurately BCFS EMD where
    Kevin Dinnin is the principal officer and CEO. Paid at an annual salary
    of $477,799+” You should sacrifice a few minutes to read the documents,
    evidence and facts, that this administration doesn’t want you to see?

    Enough is enough. President
    Obama thinks he is above the law, able to end-run anyone he wants and change
    our laws simply by signing another Executive Order. He promised
    “fundamental change” and what he did was fundamentally destroy
    everything from our economy and jobs to our health care to our immigration
    system that was never broken—just not enforced, and even our families who have
    suffered immensely under his dominant reign. Help us remove him from office then
    Support the National Tea Party.

    Have you had enough?
    Stop Big Brother and this Imperial President from controlling every aspect of
    our lives. No more spying, targeting conservatives, persecuting the innocent or
    rewarding those in the administration who commit criminal acts—like Luis
    Lerner, Eric Holder and Madam Clinton. We can put an end to it once and for all
    by showing your patriotism. You can be certain the tens of millions of TEA
    PARTY members that we will nail lawmakers to the wall until they do something
    about these continuing scandals. Will you support our efforts
    to save America from the most destructive force she’s ever known?

    We
    need to alert millions of people about his betrayal and deceit. Help us get the
    word out across America and expose America’s Fraud President! What
    is Congress waiting for? Why haven’t they impeached Obama? It’s up to us to
    increase the pressure and force their hand. Since Obama took office ‘We the
    People’ have been subjected to gross misconduct ranging from a consistent
    outpouring of lies of treason and extreme abuse of power and gross violations
    of our Constitution. Save
    our country—IMPEACH OBAMA!

    Our most at-risk
    populations—our parents and grandparents—all senior citizens, as well as cancer
    patients and the terminally ill—have lost their insurance plans and their
    doctors. Illegal Aliens should not get any benefits, but this is yet another
    lie. Obamacare is an unconstitutional disgrace with deadly consequences. Demand
    Congress stops the death sentence. Check this site that
    has the phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress at: http://www.contactingthecongress/
    to demand an end to illegal immigration and the dismantling of our military,
    which is our lifeblood against our enemies.

    We must Block amnesty
    for illegal aliens, which is entirely up to us—grassroots America—the little helpless citizens.
    You can also get alternative—NO SPIN– news about
    issues at One-America cable TV News http:/www.oann.com/
    and TeaPartypatriots.org. You might also
    like to try (AliPac) http://www.alipac.us

  • wigglwagon

    Local law enforcement agencies should not be saddled with the expense of indefinitely holding illegal aliens.

    Anyone who cannot show proof of legal residence should be forced to await their day in immigration court by returning to their own country where they are legal residents. Illegal workers definitely should not be allowed to continue their crimes by continuing to work the illegally obtained jobs. Thieves are not allowed to hang on to their loot while awaiting their day in court, illegal workers should be treated exactly the same. Do alleged drug dealers get to hold on to their cocaine or heroin until their day in court?

    It is time for a national ID. That is the reform we need. We definitely do not need another 1300 page law that has not even been read by Congress.

  • http://johnnyangel10.WordPress.com JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    Make this issue the case for impeachment. Not protecting and weakening our borders should be an impeachable offense. He is not protecting our citizens. Is this not impeachable !!

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