Executive Amnesty Alert
The Order. Recently President Obama announced he will invoke unprecedented executive powers to grant legal status and new protections to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants.
The executive order deemphasizes removal efforts for certain categories of entries, and provides temporary legal status for undocumented immigrants who have resided in the U.S. for more than five years and are the parent of either a citizen or green card holder. These unilateral policy changes provide amnesty for nearly half of the illegal immigrants currently living inside our borders.
Proper Course. Congress is considering several possible legislative responses, the most logical of which would be to defund the President’s lawless dictates by attaching a “funding limitation” to the next “must-pass” funding bill. In instances of an abuse of authority by the executive, it is incumbent upon the House of Representatives to use the power of the purse to restore the law.