Newspaper article Roll Call

Obama's Immigration Plan Is Bad for Nation

Newspaper article Roll Call

Obama's Immigration Plan Is Bad for Nation

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President Barack Obama's decision to grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is a breach of faith with the American people, to say nothing of how it ignores our immigration laws.

Throughout the past three years, the president has continually placed illegal immigrants and partisan politics ahead of the American people by refusing to enforce the law.

Amnesty has horrible consequences for Americans looking for jobs. The president claims that it is available only to children, but the fact is that illegal immigrants up to the age of 30 are eligible -- not exactly children.

Once illegal immigrants are granted deferred action under the new policy, they can apply for a work permit. And this administration routinely grants work authorization to illegal immigrants 90 percent of the time. With 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed, this major policy shift will further exacerbate their challenges.

The president's amnesty also will hurt American taxpayers because it is a magnet for fraud and will encourage more illegal immigration. Many illegal immigrants will falsely claim they came here as children or are under the age of 30, and the federal government has no way to check whether their claims are true. And many parents will bring or smuggle their children illegally to the United States hoping to benefit from this amnesty.

Illegal immigration already costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The president's new policy forces Americans to continue picking up the tab for illegal immigrants.

Amnesty also blatantly ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy and violates the president's oath to uphold the laws of this land. Congress has the constitutional authority to determine our nation's immigration laws. And less than two years ago, when Obama had large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, the DREAM Act failed to be passed by Congress and was largely opposed by the American people.

While the president does have some authority to grant reprieve to a limited number of illegal immigrants, he has exceeded his constitutional limit. …

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