Over the course of the last year, the Obama administration has sought to circumvent Congress and use executive branch authority to allow amnesty. Now they’re taking their action to new levels, even for this administration, by attempting to give Department of Homeland Security officials and other agencies the ability to grant amnesty.
In the Senate we’ve already rejected some attempts at granting amnesty for illegal aliens by defeating the DREAM Act in last year’s lame duck session. Awarding amnesty over the objections of Congress and the American people would be a slap in the face to taxpayers, and especially to legal immigrants.
That’s why, as the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus, I introduced the Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act, which will prevent the Obama administration from abusing its authority to grant massive administrative amnesty to illegal immigrants.
You can read more about my legislation here.
Just last month, administration officials made changes to the Secure Communities program – a program to identify illegal and criminal immigrants in police custody who have been arrested and fingerprinted. The changes made by the administration could open the door to help millions of illegal and criminal immigrants avoid current immigration laws.
This isn’t the only time the administration has sought administrative amnesty. Last year, a draft memo written by top political officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suggested the agency take steps to legalize countless illegal immigrants by granting deferred action or parole. Both deferred action and parole are reasonable on a case-by-case basis but are not intended to be used to grant massive administrative amnesty.
The HALT Act will prevent the Obama administration from these types of power grabs to advance their amnesty agenda.
I will continue to fight to make sure that the laws already on the books will be enforced, push for stronger border security and interior enforcement legislation and work to defeat amnesty in any form.
United States Senator
From Ring Huggins via e-mail
Links to places to send e-mails, faxes: ~ Faye
NumbersUSA - Register if not already a member. You have to fill out a short questionaire so that they can determine your interests in the area of immigration and set up your customized Action Buffett. Your Action Buffett is really easy to use, contains letters to your elected representatives that you can add to, edit, or write your own that they fax to the representatives, free of charge. The registration is also free. I send a donation every once in a while. Registration, which is also free, will also enable them to alert you by e-mail of things going on in our legislatures that you, according to your interest choices, will be interested in and your Action Buffett will be already set up with the new stuff ready for you to use.
FAIR - This is FAIR's new facebook page. Down on the left they have a tab for "Take Action." I haven't used this yet, but I imagine it's similar to that of NumbersUSA.
Congress.org - This is the site I first used. I haven't used it in a long time and they've changed the format so I'm not familiar with it. They used to have a basic function you could use free to e-mail any legislator you wanted by bringing up the legislator's Congressional page. Then they had a service with a fee that would put your letter out on their site so everyone could see what you sent to generate more people to write about it.
And you can always go to any legislator's Congressional page and e-mail directly from there. I mouth off to everybody so I use this a lot. Some will not accept e-mails from anyone but their constituents...but I know a way around that. If you ever need it, I'll share. Most legislators will value snail mail (write a letter and mail it) over e-mails or faxes. Sometimes, I use all and call them, too. Depends on what's going on.