Stopping Obama’s Amnestyby Representative Bill Shuster
Posted on 2015-01-14
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, America is a nation of immigrants. Since
the earliest days of our nation, countless generations have come from
around the world to build a better life here for themselves, their
children and their families.
But we are also a nation built on the rule of law, and those who enter our country illegally disregard those laws.
Illegal immigration is an injustice to every single person who followed the proper procedure when they came to the United States, and in an age of international terrorism and global pandemics, it presents a serious national security risk.
What we don't need right now is amnesty. Instead, we need strict border security and the proper enforcement of the laws we already have on the books.
Unfortunately, our president does not feel the same way.
Upon discovering he could not get support from Congress, he decided to circumvent the legislative branch through executive action and grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
He disregarded both the will of the American people and the separation of powers that our founding fathers laid out for our government.
By ignoring the core parts of our democracy, President Obama has shamefully overstepped his Constitutional authority.
A nation is nothing without total control over the sovereignty of its borders, and this executive action has only made the situation worse by offering a powerful incentive for more people to enter illegally.
Make no mistake: I am and always will be 100 percent opposed to blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants.
[[Page E70]] In the last election, the American people sent a message and elected Republicans to a majority in both the House and Senate.
Congress is now in a much stronger position to prevent this amnesty from being put in place, and we are working hard for the people to stop it.
That is why I am proud to stand here today with my colleagues to put a halt to this outrageous example of executive overreach, and to tell this president that he is not above the law.