In response to what many view as runaway abuse of power by the executive branch, 22 Senators sent a letter to B. Hussein Obama on Thursday, extremely critical of his actions as they relate specifically to immigration law and the abdication of his duties of enforcement.
The group described Obama’s despotic conduct as threatening America’s “entire constitutional system” through his immigration “enforcement review” which would have the effect to further “nullify” the nation’s immigration laws.
The Senators wrote, “Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents.” Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation’s sovereignty is imperiled when the commander-in-chief refuses to defend the integrity of its borders.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has been directed by Obama to find “more humane” forms of enforcement, such as ignoring immigration law entirely as well as other laws dealing with ID and document fraud.
The senators expressed their “grave concerns” with these potential actions because they “would represent a near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement and discard the rule of law and the notion that the United States has enforceable borders.”
The Senators wrote, “These policies have operated as an effective repeal of duly enacted federal immigration laws and exceed the bounds of the Executive Branch’s prosecutorial discretion. It is not the province of the Executive to nullify the laws that the people of the United States, through their elected representatives, have chosen to enact. Congress has not passed laws permitting people to illegally enter the country or to ignore their visa expiration dates, so long as they do not have a felony conviction or other severe offense on their record.”
The letter also cites Immigration and Customs Enforcement reporting which indicates that in 2013, “nearly all individuals removed from the United States were convicted criminals and recent border crossers.”
A reference to a Los Angeles Times report showing that “since 2009, there has been a 40% decline in removals of individuals living and working in the interior of the country” was included in the letter.
The letter quotes Congressional testimony by Chris Crane, the President of the National ICE Council, in which he characterizes the Obama administration as administratively handcuffing ICE agents and also taking “disciplinary actions against its own officers for making lawful arrests. It appears clear that Federal law enforcement officers are the enemy and not those that break our Nation’s laws.”
The senators chided Obama for looking for new ways to weaken immigration laws, pointing out that since 2009 his regime has virtually ceased deportations for violations of immigration law.
The Senators reminded Obama of his Oath of Office, saying, “We therefore ask you to uphold that oath and to carry out the duties required by the Constitution and entrusted to you by the American people.”
Signing the letter were: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Boozman (R-AK), David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Hoeven (R-ND).
Three Judiciary Committee members opted to not sign the letter, Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).