Roby Bill Seeks to Block Executive Amnesty

Jan 7, 2015 Issues: Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wasting no time to address President Obama’s immigration actions in the new Congress, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) has introduced legislation to block the president's executive amnesty plans by prohibiting funding from being used to implement the orders.

H.R. 31, the Prevention of Executive Amnesty Act, is meant to present model language that can be used in a Homeland Security Appropriations title to block President Obama’s unilateral executive actions, Rep. Roby said.

“President Obama’s attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants isn’t just irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It undermines the rule of law and threatens American jobs,” Rep. Roby said.

“Last month Congress went forward with a plan that gave us the best chance to address executive amnesty through the Appropriations process. In doing so, we also made a commitment that we would see that effort through in good faith. That’s why I’m introducing legislation right out the gate that wields the ‘power of the purse’ to prevent President Obama from carrying out his executive amnesty plans.

“I have spoken directly to the Majority Leader to impress upon our leadership that our Conference must be serious about addressing executive amnesty head on in a straightforward and meaningful way.

“I know there will be a broad and dynamic debate about how to address executive amnesty, but let’s start the conversation right here. I believe this language gives us a great starting point for blocking executive amnesty by using the ‘power of the purse,’ so let’s go from here.”

H.R. 31 states:

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by any Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the policies in any of the following:

(1) The memoranda issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security on November 20, 2014, on any of the following subjects:

A.     Southern border and approaches campaign.

B.     Policies for the apprehension, detention, and removal of undocumented immigrants.

C.     Secure Communities.

D.    Personnel reform for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

E.     Exercising prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children and with respect to certain individuals who are the parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

F.     Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program.

G.    Policies supporting U.S. high skilled businesses and workers.

H.    Families of U.S. Armed Forces members and enlistees.

I.        Directive to provide consistency regarding advanced parole.

J.       Policies to promote and increase access to U.S. citizenship.

(2) The memoranda issued by the President on November 21, 2014, on any of the following subjects:

A.     Creating welcoming communities and fully integrating immigrants and refugees.

B.     Modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant visa system for the 21st century.

(3) Any substantially similar memorandum issued after November 21, 2014.

Rep. Roby is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.