House to Vote on Measures to Stop Obama's Executive Amnesty Actions for Illegal Aliens
The House of Representatives will begin debate this week on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240; To view visit: Text of Legislation. )
Several amendments are expected to be attached to this measure to target the spending process to halt President Barack Obama's recent executive action that protects roughly 5 million illegal aliens from deportations. This grants them work permits to compete legally with Americans for jobs and changes the priorities for which illegal aliens should be deported.
The primary amendment blocks funding to carry out the directives outlined by the Obama administration in its immigration executive actions announced on November 20, 2014, or any of the other non-deportation policies the Department of Homeland Security has enacted over the previous few years.
Another amendment would roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Program (DACA) that was created in 2012 by the Department of Homeland Security. To children that have been brought to the United States (U.S.) the program offers legal status as long as they have met certain criteria.
Also, another amendment would revive the federal enforcement program Secure Communities which forces state and local officials to comply with the so-called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, in which ICE asks local law enforcement agencies even if they would otherwise be released to keep an illegal alien in custody.
And another amendment showing how the administration can use the so-called parole, which is discretion on which immigrants to allow into the U.S., is significantly reigned in. A vote on the amendments and the bill is expected at any time.
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative to SUPPORT the amendments that would stop President Obama's recent action on illegal aliens and a separate program that protects young illegal aliens or so-called Dreamers.
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