Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby: House has solid strategy for blocking executive amnesty

January 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republicans have a “solid” strategy for blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty plans, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) said Friday.

In a speech on the House floor, Rep. Roby said that, while she and other colleagues are still working through details, she is confident strong language will be ready for inclusion in a Homeland Security Appropriations bill as soon as next week. 

 Early this week, Rep. Roby 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 bill.

House Republicans are also seeking to block egregious selective prosecution policies implemented by the Obama Administration under the guise of prosecutorial discretion. Such ideas have been put forth in a proposal from fellow Alabama Rep. and Appropriations Committee Member Robert Aderholt.

A transcript of Rep. Roby’s remarks is below. 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is wrong and dangerous. It undermines the rule of law and threatens American jobs.

That’s why right now several of my colleagues and I, including fellow appropriators, are putting the finishing touches on a plan that would wield the “power of the purse” to block executive amnesty.

I believe we have a solid strategy. We wanted to put forward the simplest, most straightforward bill language that could defund the president’s immigration actions. Thankfully, my own Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions had already generated some great model language doing just that, so we crafted it into a House bill. 

We are still working on it, but I’m confident strong defund language will be presented to this House for inclusion into the Homeland Appropriations title.

I believe the will of the Congress must be to fund Homeland Security and its important functions, but to specifically block implementation of President Obama’s unconstitutional immigration orders.