Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivalsby Representative Glenn Thompson
Posted on 2015-01-13
THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise to discuss
President Obama's recent expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals, or DACA, which will protect a large number of unlawfully
present aliens from deportation. In addition to constitutional concerns
and national security implications, the action poses a range of
Because illegal immigrants who are granted deferred action are exempt from being counted under the 2010 health care law's employer mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer health insurance or pay a penalty, the President's policy, in effect, creates an incentive to hire illegal immigrants over lawfully present workers.
Mr. Speaker, the President's policy disadvantages the hiring of American citizens and those lawfully present in the United States--the men and women who have come through legal channels, worked hard, and played by the rules--by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally.
This week Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona and I intend to offer an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security appropriations that will address this injustice. I encourage my colleagues to join in support of the commonsense, necessary check on the Obama administration.