In 2014, President Obama declared, unilaterally, almost five million unlawful immigrants would receive deferred action under his Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy. In United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court is currently examining whether the President’s executive amnesty violates the Constitution, including the President’s duty under Article II to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
The issue at bar implicates the very existence of this House because law is the reason the Legislative Branch exists. Attempts by the Executive Branch to undermine the law, regardless of motivation, are detrimental to our country and the separation of powers created under the Constitution. Once we decide some laws are worth enforcing and some are not, we have weakened the law – forever.
This week, the House took action by passing H.R. 639, a resolution to allow the Speaker to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House of Representatives in United States v. Texas. On Thursday, I spoke on the House floor in support of this resolution. Watch here:
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee took one more step towards closing security gaps in our refugee program and strengthening our counterterrorism efforts by passing H.R. 4731, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act. This legislation will strengthen the efficacy and safety of our refugee program and is critical to ensure terrorists do not exploit Americans’ generosity by taking more innocent lives. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R. 4731.
The Refugee Program Integrity and Restoration Act will:
- Allow Congress to limit the number of refugees to 60,000 per year
- Prevent the President from admitting additional refugees without the approval of Congress
- Give states and localities a voice in decisions surrounding the placement of resettlements
- Require termination of refugee status if a resettled refugee returns to the country from which they fled
- Require USCIS to review social media for each applicant
- Prevent the Secretary of DHS from unilaterally waiving most grounds of inadmissibility, including criminal convictions, for refugees
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