LLPH is announcing that we may score the Blackburn and Aderholt Amendments that are expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives tomorrow.
Back in December 2014, the House unfortunately passed the CRomnibus bill which funds the majority of government programs until the end of Fiscal Year 2015. The only one that that they left for conservatives to block executive amnesty was the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
This is not the place we wish that we were in today. Yet, we must fight executive amnesty and the House of Representatives is taking the first right move by offering amendments to defund executive amnesty. The rule of law is the rule of law, and our nation is at risk when we allow people to cross our borders illegally and remain in our country illegally. With the terror threats abroad, it is time to put a stop to legalization of millions of illegal immigrants. We respect and love them as human beings, but the fact is that they broke the laws and must be held accountable for their actions.
The two amendments that take action on this matter are the Aderholt and Blackburn Amendments.
The Aderholt-Mulvaney-Barletta Amendment targets President Obama’s executive amnesty. It defunds his executive amnesty and cuts off any way for him to implement his policies:
1) Prevents any funds from whatever source to be used to carry-out (1) the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and for other purposes, and (2) four of the “Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 that effectively prevent certain classes of unlawful aliens from being removed from the country. 2) Declares that no funds may be used to carry-out any substantially similar policies to those defunded. 3) Declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect. 4) Provides that no funds may be used to grant any Federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded.
The Blackburn Amendment targets funding for DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program):
Provides that no funds may be used to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications.
However, the efforts of conservatives are being fought by liberal, progressive, big government Republicans:
A Republican amendment that could leave hundreds of thousands of young immigrants open to deportations is running into stiff opposition in the House – a rare show of rank-and-file rebellion over the leadership’s catering to the right.
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that he opposes the Blackburn legislation, as well as a separate measure that would gut the executive actions the Obama administration announced last fall and roll back immigration enforcement directives dating as far back as 2011. If those amendments are ultimately approved, Denham said he would oppose the underlying DHS funding bill.
“It’s disappointing to see an overreach,” Denham said of his own party.
The moderates in the GOP conference are taking issue, in particular, with a provision in Blackburn’s measure that would ban renewals under the current DACA program, which grants a two-year deportation reprieve and work permits for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
The job of the House Republicans, especially true constitutionalists, is to support both amendments and ensure they are included in the final DHS Appropriations bill. Without these amendments, LLPH will urge a strong NO vote on final passage. With these amendments, LLPH will support final passage of the bill. Most importantly, Republicans must insist that this bill with these amendments are signed into law. Any other bill without defunding provisions will be scored as an anti-LLPH vote.