Vote on Obama’s Amnesty Wed. Morning!

January 13, 2015

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 14th, the House of Representatives will take up H.R. 240, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security. As you remember, Republican leadership decided in the lame-duck session in December that a “CROmnibus” would be the most effective strategy to stop President Obama’s unilateral, illegal action on immigration. While funding a majority of the government with an Omnibus appropriation, they funded the Department of Homeland Security with a short-term Continuing Resolution that expires in February so the new Republican-controlled Congress can defund the President’s amnesty.

Republicans have introduced five amendments for attachment to the DHS bill:

  1. Reps. Aderholt/Mulvaney/Barletta Amendment: Blocks funding for the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014, giving deferred action to up to 5 million illegals. Also blocks funding for four of the “Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 which prevent certain illegals from being deported. Prohibits the President from issuing similar memos in the future. The amendment also prevents funds for giving federal benefits to aliens covered by the November 20th memos.
  2. Rep. Blackburn Amendment: Prohibits funding for consideration of renewal or previously denied DACA applications.
  3. Reps. DeSantis/Roby Amendment: DHS is currently allowing certain sexual predators to stay in the U.S., so this amendment prohibits DHS from using funding to not prioritize the removal of illegal aliens convicted of any offense involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation, or child abuse or exploitation.
  4. Reps. Salmon / Thompson (PA) Amendment: Sense of Congress (a purely symbolic vote) that the Executive Branch should not disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally.
  5. Rep. Schock Amendment: Sense of Congress (a purely symbolic vote) that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally.

Although these amendments are a critical first step for reining in a lawless executive, including these as amendments instead of placing them in the base appropriations bill raises questions about the Republican leadership’s commitment to stopping the president. We are thankful to Congressman Scalise, the Majority Whip, for working with conservatives to move us in the right direction.

Eagle Forum will be scoring in favor of the Aderholt and Blackburn amendments.

Please continue to contact your representative and urge him or her to use Congress’s power of the purse to block executive amnesty.

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