Stewart votes to defund Obama’s immigration orders

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart voted Wednesday to defund the president’s unprecedented executive amnesty through the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. This bill, which passed the House 263-191, importantly funds Homeland Security, while also reaffirming the constitutional principles that only Congress has the power to write immigration laws. The President’s role is simply to enforce existing laws.

Stewart said:

As a former Air Force pilot, I know first-hand that we live in a very dangerous world, and there’s a real need for protection from the various agencies and programs under the Department of Homeland Security. But regardless of policy, the Constitution is clear – it’s the responsibility of Congress to write the law and the president’s job is to enforce those laws. This bill prevents President Obama – and future presidents – from abusing their authority through immigration executive orders.

In addition to funding the Department of Homeland Security, this bill:

  • Completely defunds Obama’s unconstitutional immigration executive order
  • Increases funding for Border Security
  • Effectively ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
  • Prevents Illegal aliens from receiving federal benefits
  • Adds amendments that ensure no president, current or future, will be able to carry out similar immigration power grabs by memo, executive order or regulation

Stewart also debated this bill on the House Floor yesterday. A video of his speech can be found here.

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16 Comments

  • simone January 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    This is one of the very few issues mr stewart and i agree on. We need to kick the illegals and their children OUT! ….regardless of whether or not they were born here.

    • Dana January 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Sorry Simone, can’t kick out the “Anchor Babies.” If they were born in the USA, they are American Citizens. That’s why the illegals come here to give birth. Also, the process of deportation is radically slowed down when the illegals have children born in America. They start crying and screaming that there is no one to care for the “Anchor Babies” if they get deported.

      • mesaman January 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Seems like it’s the parent’s problem, not the nation’s. If they want to take that risk then they should accept responsibility for the outcome.

      • The world January 15, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        Sorry but children born here to illegals are not American citizens in my book. Ive actually heard the argument that God intended them to be American citizens because they were born here. The truth is this. if there is a God and he or she did intend for that child to be born an American citizen, he/she would have born the child of people who already were legal American Citizens or in the process of becoming citizens, not border hopping criminals.

        • The world January 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

          I would also like to add that my greta grandparents are immigrants. They came here after WW1 from Europe. They didnt speak English but they learned it and spoke it in public. They also went through the process of becoming U.S citizens at the time and did everything they could to “Americanize” themselves. No one gave them anything and they didnt ask for help. They came here, assimilated, worked hard and lived the American dream. There was no ESL program, no welfare, and in the nation they came to, you didn’t speak English, you didn’t work and if you didn’t work? Good luck. That’s how it should be today.

      • Shelly January 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        You’re right about that Dana. I worked in a hospital in California several years ago in the Mother / Baby unit. A few of my patients were 12 year old new Mothers, and most of them were young teenagers. One of my patients told me the country they are from want them to come to the United States and have as many babies as possible. Very difficult to deport them once they have a baby. Then they get free everything.

  • EVIL TWINS MOMMY January 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Simon I agree with you completely enough is enough already. I have no problem with immigration I have a problem when the laws are tweaked so illegal immigration is allowed to take place in the name of getting votes

  • Chuck Brown January 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Stop Amnesty Now!!…..time to take care of our own first, if they want to come here do it legally and wait in line with the rest..Obama’s Democratic Amnesty is about one thing and one thing only……To shore up the Democratic Voter Stock..

  • munchie January 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Maybe Stewart and his idiot colleagues in Congress could pass an immigration reform bill instead of threatening to defund Homeland Security just to prove that they hate Mexicans for their tea party base

    • Vet January 15, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Congress has sent imagination reform bills but they are stopped at Harry Reeds desk at Obama’s request, Obama’s words where ” don’t send be a bill that I will not agree with”. it’s Obamas way are the highway. Congress is not the problem.
      Mexicans are not hated, we just think that they should enter the country legally, Like other country’s do.
      To prove my point cross into Mexico illegally, if they put you in jail is it because they hate Americans ?

      • munchie January 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

        The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that the House would not vote on. Get your facts straight

        • mo ferguson January 16, 2015 at 8:15 am

          Yes the Senate did indeed pass an immigration bill that the House would not vote on. But you conveniently leave out why Speaker Boehner did not bring up the Senate bill for a vote. The bill, was designed by a bi-partisan group of Senators. However this bill included amnesty for the illegals. The House, at that time, was in control by a majority of Republicans. Boehner did not bring up the bill for a vote because, the Representatives were merely doing what their constituents wanted them to do, and that was NO AMNESTY.
          The “anchor baby” issue needs to be removed from the law in effect now.
          No benefits for any illegals, that are paid for by taxpayers.
          Seal the southern and northern borders immediately, then discuss comprehensive immigration reform.
          Prosecute employers who hire illegals.
          MUNCHIE, too bad you didn’t include that one little “fact” in your post.

  • rocknroll January 16, 2015 at 12:29 am

    The US Constitution states it is “illegal to be here illegally”. Trey Gowdy is suing Obama for not following the Laws. Congress makes the Laws and the President must follow. He should be tried for Treason but nobody has any balls. Maybe Trey Gowdy does but not the rest. We should go to the beginning and enforce the laws or lose your job. You know like when we hired Barack Obama to do a JOB. He solemnly swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, it is the job of the President to uphold the LAW. And he can not make his own laws. I still don’t understand the BS called reform. Do your job and make them go back and stand in line with papers in hand and wait for citizenship. Oh and BTW immigration laws include having a trade, speaking the English language, and filing for citizenship. What … is wrong with following something so … easy. Do your … job. That’s what we hired you for.
    Ed. ellipses – note to rocknroll, and others: Changing the spelling of words to homonyms for words that are unacceptable in this forum really doesn’t work – we are human moderators, not automatons. Help us out, just don’t try that, we’d rather spend less time on ellipses and more time finding and developing news reports for you. Glad you’re participating, though. 😀 Joyce Kuzmanic, editor in chief.

  • Jack M January 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Please Chris Stuart and his buddy John Boehner to allow for the illegal aliens to receive amnesty all along, that’s why that had to force the bill funding it back in November. Right now all they are doing is a dog and pony show to make it appear as if they tried to fight it, they knew by funding it in November anything they do now will just be vetoed. Right now they have to show the stupid America voters they tried to stop it while hoping us stupid American voters will forget they voted for it back in November’s funding bill that cleared the way for obama’s executive orders regarding immigration.

  • putos January 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    We’ll go back when you guys start doing the jobs that we do, because you guys are to lazy and privileged .

  • Dave Francis January 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    The intention of any severe immigration reform must be to avert a recurrence of yet a further colossal upsurge of millions of illegal aliens in this nation that resulted from the last amnesty in 1986. We now know through harsh experience since the previous amnesty, we cannot count on there being any genuine political will to put in force any statutes enacted to limit the illegal alien invasion, in beefing up border protection, or to carry out any noteworthy deportations. IN OTHER WORDS YOU CANNOT TRUST EITHER PARTY TO KEEP THEIR PROMISES. THOSE LAWMAKERS WHO DO ARE INTIMIDATED BY THE HIERARCHY.

    Consequently, we must spotlight on removing any and all enticements presently in place by the Obama administrations for foreign nationals who would traverse our borders illegally. Essentially Illegal aliens are receiving through weak welfare laws, the same programs as citizens and lawful residents, including the ‘Catch and Release’ directive for those who manage to reach American soil. This reluctant Congress can start this process with speedy passage of Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) lately filed bill to end birthright citizenship (Anchor Baby ) to the progeny born in this country of illegal aliens…immediately?

    Perhaps an easy way to progress with the illegal alien dilemma, is to just amend the current laws already on the so-called books? TO SATISIFY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE NEED THE DOUBLE LAYER FENCING OR A BARRIER AS THE ONE IN ISRAEL.

    If we are not aware by now the IRS, has become a distinctive enemy of the people. There has been more focus on this agency of the government, which is yet another puppet of big business and the wealthy. America is burdened down with corporate welfare and too many loopholes for millions of people who pay nothing at all, who the rest of the taxpaying public is, forced to support. I personally as an Independent, the Tea Party people and the majority of US population with at least ONE BRAIN CELL would agree? For far too long we have been intimidated by this toxic entity that has become too powerful. IT is way past time to abolish the IRS, a much simpler system based on consumption tax, a fair and equitable tax code that nobody escapes paying. Any Politician who will rid us of this dark Agency, gets my vote?

    As Published by Investor Business Daily, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, might have hit on the most important fiscal issue facing the U.S.: the need for major tax reform. But he takes it a step further.

    Speaking Monday, the senator from Texas threw another thunderbolt: Republicans should use their control of Congress to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service.

    “We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he told a crowd at a Heritage Foundation event. “And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.”

    It’s not as radical as it sounds.

    In recent years, the IRS has become overtly political, or “weaponized,” as Cruz puts it. The IRS scandal, in which it “slow-walked” applications by Tea Party and other conservative groups to deny them non-tax status during the 2012 presidential race, is but one example. Its 110,000-person workforce has become a silent army working on behalf of progressive causes.
    That, in itself, is bad enough. But as the Americans for Tax Reform point out in a recent blog post on their website, unless his agency gets more money, “IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has threatened delayed refunds, long call-wait times, and the specter of identity theft, and now, no-show days for IRS employees.”

    In short, it’s a dysfunctional agency that’s lost its way.

    The easiest way to get rid of the IRS, as Cruz suggests, is fundamental tax reform. But there are many other great reasons for reforming the code. For one, the U.S. tax code has become so unfair, so complex, so burdensome and so costly that we have nothing to lose by changing it radically. In a report to Congress in 2013, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson told Congress that America’s tax code now runs to well over 70,000 pages, with more than 30 million words — about 38 times larger than the King James Bible.

    Individual taxpayers and businesses spend 6.1 billion hours each year filling out their taxes and complying with its laws — the equivalent of three million full-time employees working for a year.

    Since 2001, there have been nearly 5,000 changes in the tax code — about one a day. No individual can keep up with it all. And all that complexity isn’t free: It costs us $170 billion annually to fill out our taxes. Enough is enough!

    We’ve said before: we support a flatter, fairer tax, with lower taxes for all, paid for by spending cuts — not new taxes like the recent “bipartisan” gasoline tax hike.

    Even basic tax reform, say economists, would be a winner. Just this week, a new study by the National Association of Manufacturers estimated that if tax reform were passed, over 10 years “the economy would grow by more than $12 trillion relative to Congressional Budget Office projections, investment would increase by more than $3.3 trillion and the economy would add 6.5 million jobs.” Other studies find similarly large gains.

    Today, our tax code resembles more a Rube Goldberg device than an efficient system for raising money to fund the necessary operations of our government. By all means, we should reform it. And while we’re at it, as Cruz suggests, why not get rid of the IRS?

    Don’t let the lull in the Washington battleground fool you, thinking you can sit back patiently and do—nothing? We urge you to call your Representative and Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and ask them to keep up the pressure on their state and federal lawmakers. Remember—its not over till its over? It now goes to the Senate, so it’s every Americans duty to demand the votes to stop Obama, his radical Democrats and renegade Republicans in stopping Amnesty. But definitely call because the working class Americans will suffer even further from this invasion, specifically in the fight for a decent job.

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