Immigration hawk Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) took to the Senate floor today to chastise the president over his plans to unilaterally grant amnesty to 5 to 6 million illegal immigrants.
“He can not do that, colleagues… American people,” Sessions chided. “They’re unlawfully here! He has no power to reverse the laws passed by the Congress of the United States, and declare someone lawful,who is unlawful. It’s a thunderous, dramatic abuse of presidential power!”
On August 1, The House of Representatives passed a bill to block Obama’s executive amnesty overreach, but so far, not a single Dem Senator has supported the legislation.
My message to the American people today is this: you can stop this. We can stop this. We will not let this stand. And that fight begins with a vote on the House-passed bill to block this new executive action. The Senate cannot be allowed to surrender to the President’s lawlessness. I am calling today on every Senator to support this bill, and to demand Majority Leader Reid call it up for a vote…
And to every member of the public, red state or blue state or purple state, call your Senator and ask them where they stand. Ask them if they support the House bill to block executive amnesty and if they will demand it receive a vote. You are a citizen of this country and you are entitled to a clear answer to this question.”
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) along with U.S. Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), John Carter (R-TX), Mo Brooks (R-AL), and Pete Olson (R-TX) held a press conference encouraging action on measures to solve the crisis at our southern border and prevent President Obama from expanding amnesty.
Senator Cruz said, “The House of Representatives stayed here and did its work, and the only reason that DACA legislation hasn’t passed into law is because Harry Reid and Senate Democrats’ refused to vote on it. This means that when the President tries to unilaterally grant amnesty, and he has promised to do so, every single Senate Democrat who stood with Harry Reid bears the responsibility for the President’s illegal amnesty,” Sen Cruz said. “The decision to delay amnesty until after the election is an attempt to avoid accountability. I think the American people are a lot smarter than the President seems to give them credit for. Amnesty ensures that tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of little boys and little girls will continue to be victimized, to be physically abused, to be sexually abused. Amnesty is not compassionate, it is not humane. It is exacerbating a crisis at the border. It is lawless and it is wrong.”
Prior to the August recess, Sen. Cruz worked with his Republican colleagues on legislation that would solve the crisis at our Southern border. He introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, portions of which will prevent President Obama from expanding amnesty to millions of more immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally, as he has suggested he plans to do after the 2014 midterm elections. Representative Marsha Blackburn sponsored similar legislation that passed the House, which Senate Democrats refused to consider.
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Ted Cruz (R-TX) said congressional Republicans in the House and the Senate should use “any and all means necessary” to stop President Barack Obama from granting an executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, which he said may include language to block the president from doing so in a stop-gap spending bill that could come to the House floor as soon as Thursday.
“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty,” Cruz said when asked at a Tuesday press conference if he’d support including a measure that the House of Representatives passed—a bill from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a companion to his Senate version of the bill—right before August recess. “That, certainly, I think would be appropriate to include [in] the CR, but I think we should use every tool at our disposal.”
“Let’s wait and see what’s in the CR,” Cruz added when asked if he’d oppose the CR if it didn’t include his anti-DACA bill. “I have a habit of actually seeing what’s in legislation before I make a decision of whether or not to support it or not support it.”
Obama previously mouthing words he clearly didn’t mean:
As compiled by FOX News:
President Obama: November 25, 2013
“If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws.”
President Obama: March 28, 2011
“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as President.”
President Obama: September 28, 2011
“I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there’s been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It’s just not true. But we live in a democracy. You have to pass bills through the legislature, and then I can sign it.”