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September 30, 2014

White House Excoriates Republican Deportation Demands

The White House torched House Republicans’ plan to vote to block President Barack Obama from granting deportation relief to any new people in the country illegally.

Republicans say the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has acted as a magnet for the surge in unaccompanied children across the border, even though recent immigrants are not eligible. And Republicans are demanding that Obama not expand that relief amid reports he’s considering granting “administrative amnesty” and work permits to as many as 5 million more unauthorized immigrants.

Here’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s statement:

It is extraordinary that the House of Representatives, after failing for more than a year to reform our broken immigration reform system, would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal.  In the face of Congressional inaction, the Administration’s use of Deferred Action for DREAMers in 2012, which has benefitted more than 500,000 young people who are Americans in every way except on paper, is the most significant progress we have made toward immigration reform in years.  By failing to act on an immigration reform bill that requires that people who are here illegally pay taxes, undergo background checks and get on the right side of the law, the House is instead driving an approach that is about rounding up and deporting 11 million people, separating families, and undermining DHS’ ability to secure the border.

Earlier, the White House threatened to veto the House’s $659 million border supplemental scheduled for a vote before lawmakers leave for summer recess.

 

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  • http://batman-news.com Penny

    REMEMBER THE INVASION on Nov. 4, and deport EVERY PUTRID COMMIE DEM-RAT back to his or her home district along with EVERY illegal alien invader of our sovereign nation.

    Congress has played a wink-wink immigration game for too many years instead of fighting to preserve our sovereign rule of law. In place of lawmakers’ continued cheapening of U.S.citizenship through conferring all kinds of UNEARNED “rights” to illegal aliens, Congress should instead DEFUND the White House and END ALL AID to Mexico and Central America now.

    If our LAWLESS, LOWLIFE, LIAR-IN-CHIEF spent our tax dollars on securing our borders and on deporting these millions of ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS (instead of on his billion-dollar vacations and fundraisers), we would have FEWER diseases, rapes, gangs, and murders and MORE water and less-crowded emergency rooms and school rooms and freeways. OBAMA should rot the rest of his Stalinesque days in a permanently locked, rat-and-roach-infested, dirt-floored prison cell for his CORRUPTION and TREASON!

    P.S. Mr. & Mrs. O: THIS FAMILY looks forward to seeing you vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard with hundreds of illegal alien criminals by your side 24/7.

    • KenRob

      Bet you proudly identify yourself as a “God-fearing Christian,” instead of the raging, foam flecked uniformed hater you reveal yourself to be. Get a grip Penny, you’ve lost all contact with reality.

      • http://batman-news.com Penny

        Oh, dear! The raw truth about your loathsome, hate-mongering, blah-blah-blah domestic and foreign policy failure obviously hurts.

        Reality? He and Harry Reid have blocked 352 House-passed bills from coming to a vote so that he can yell and scream while waving his puny little hands that “mean haters” block his legislation. He counts on low-information moochers to keep their blinders on so that the welfare checks keep coming.

        • KenRob

          Take your meds please. You’ll feel better.

    • telmog

      Reflexology, that’s the word for you.

  • superscalar

    ‘By failing to act on an immigration reform bill that requires that people who are here illegally pay taxes’

    After having worn out the lie that illegal immigrants will have to ‘pay back taxes’, we’ve fallen back to the position that ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ will require illegal immigrants to ‘pay taxes’.

  • Psyllicon

    When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was implemented, it was
    trumpeted as ‘compassionate’ as opposed to a ‘reward’ – because the children
    could not have made the decisions themselves. However, no actions were taken to
    process and prosecute the ‘adults’ who were clearly at fault by implication.

    Any expansion of the plan that would grant the same adults immunity or
    amnesty in any form now would unquestionably be a reward for having broken the
    laws of immigration.

    When the House excoriated the President’s executive order
    as a magnate for illegal aliens (primarily children and family’s with children)
    the Senate largely defended his action and dismissed the concept of it being a
    magnate.

    Their defense has routinely revolved around the fact that his executive
    action was limited – by age, time frame and condition of entry – and resolving
    that the President did not abuse his authority in contravening Congressional
    Legislation. Now there is scuttlebutt that his next executive action will also
    amnesty the parents who brought these children into the nation illegally~!

    THAT is CLEARLY undermining Congressional authority and Rewarding an illegal act..

    His Press Secretary said as much; he simply painted it as ‘low priority’ –

    [the House] “would vote to restrict a law enforcement tool that the Department of Homeland Security uses to focus resources on key enforcement priorities like public safety and border security, and provide temporary relief from deportation for people who are low priorities for removal.”

    Since when is illegal immigration a ‘low priority’ again?

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