The “newest gambit” in the inevitable amnesty showdown is something called a Rescission Bill. Yesterday, Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, floated the idea to his colleagues:
“Chairman Rogers just got up and said if we pass an omnibus and then the president does this executive amnesty, he said we can rescind it, and we can rescind it with 218 and 51 and we don’t need the president.”
Small problem: it isn’t true.
As the Congressional Research Service (CRS) notes, “As budget authority providing the funding must be enacted into law, so too a rescission cancelling the budget authority must be enacted into law.” Any rescission bill must be signed by President Obama, or 291 House members and 67 Senators must override his veto. In other words, a rescission bill is no different than any other stand-alone bill Congress could pass that involves no special leverage or expedited process.
Heritage Action welcomes creative thinking from congressional Republicans so long as creativity is not a synonym for inaction or delay. Clearly the promise of a future rescission bill is nothing more than a blank check for Obama’s executive amnesty.
In the spring of 2013, the Senate passed the “Gang of 8” amnesty bill (S. 744), which created a framework to legalize the estimated 11 million people currently living in the country unlawfully. House Republicans wisely recognized the bill for what it was—a comprehensive amnesty package—and refused to act on it. In spite of congressional inaction, President Obama has attempted a variety of unilateral maneuvers to ignore current immigration laws.
Is President Obama planning unilateral action on amnesty?
The Obama Administration is quick to blame the current crisis on our southern border on Republicans in Congress. They claim Republicans have failed to fund the administration’s efforts to effectively deal with the massive influx of children from Central America entering the country illegally.
White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz says Congress can’t criticize the administration while withholding funding to deal with the situation.
Unfortunately for Muñoz and her friends in the administration, there is plenty to criticize, and throwing money at the border is not the solution to the crisis.
Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra and Romina Boccia explain:
Ultimately, additional funding is not the solution to the U.S.’s immigration woes. Instead, the Obama Administration should rescind its anti-enforcement policies that are contributing to this crisis in the first place. Specifically, the Obama Administration is claiming executive authority to not enforce the immigration laws through “prosecutorial discretion.”
Read the whole piece here.
New findings by Border Patrol agents indicating the Obama administration’s policies have encouraged the recent surge of unaccompanied minors crossing illegally into the U.S. probably won’t phase the administration, some of whom already deny that Obama’s policies have anything to do with it.
The recent trend hasn’t made Attorney General Eric Holder rethink the administration’s handling of the situation either. On June 6, Holder announced the Justice Department will use taxpayer funds to “enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals as AmeriCorps members to provide legal services” to “young people who must appear in immigration proceedings.”
Updated 2:10 PM EDT: According to CQ.com (sub. req’d), “House appropriators voted Wednesday to rearrange spending levels in their fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to help handle the unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border.” The bill provides $39.2 billion in funding for DHS.
The massive surge of unaccompanied illegal minors crossing the southern border has been a major headline this week, with conservative lawmakers blaming President Obama’s policies for the trend and Obama calling it an “urgent humanitarian crisis.” Children as young as 5 years old from Mexico and Central America are crossing dangerous terrain and ending up in U.S. holding facilities.
“Homeland Security and Border Patrol facilities in Texas have become “overwhelmed” by the recent influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and Central America,” the Daily Signal reported. They are being relocated to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.
And carrying out the resettlement process for these children comes with a cost. Lawmakers are now considering how much additional funding the Department of Homeland Security will need to carry out these tasks. CQ.com reports (sub. req’d):
The House Appropriations Committee is now considering whether to rearrange funding levels in its fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to find an extra $78 million to help handle the surge of immigrant children entering the United States illegally.