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senate Bill S. 534

Should Federal Agencies Be Prohibited From Funding Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration?

Argument in favor

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration were beyond the scope of his authority. States and federal judges have already temporarily blocked their implementation on those grounds. Federal agencies shouldn't spend taxpayer dollars on programs that courts believe were implemented improperly.

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09/04/2015
“[With me as President] the executive order gets rescinded.” [mediaite.com]
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ScottWalker's Opinion
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09/04/2015
“Congress needs to preserve the power of the purse to fight this overreach by the President.” Read more at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/03/04/exclusive-scott-walker-comes-out-against-boehners-and-mcconnells-deal-with-dems-to-fund-obamas-amnesty/
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06/24/2016
My patriot friend Loraki has saved me time with his eloquent colloquial. All I can say is Me Too and a rubber stamp.
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Argument opposed

The President was well within his authority when he announced his executive actions on immigration. The undocumented immigrants in question are people who have contributed to the U.S. in immeasurably positive ways — they deserve to live, work, and prosper here without fear of deportation and with a path to citizenship.

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09/04/2015
"(Immigrants) have been routinely cheated out of wages, held virtually captive by employers who have seized their documents, forced to live in unspeakably inhumane conditions and denied medical benefits for on-the-job injuries." [twitter.com]
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09/04/2015
"I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just." [whitehouse.gov]
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09/04/2015
“Many of these young people have gone to school here or served in our military, and they should be able to continue living and working here.” [elizabethwarren.com]
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    IntroducedFebruary 23rd, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 534?

This bill would prohibit any federal funds or resources from being used to help implement executive orders related to immigration. It would negate specified executive actions taken by President Obama, in addition to preventing future executive actions on this issue from having legal effect.

No funds made available to the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), any other federal agency, or the funds in the Immigration Examinations Fee Account could be used offer federal benefits to undocumented immigrants — in current or future executive actions on this topic.

DHS funding could not be used to implement any policy (including executive actions and regulations) that do not subject undocumented immigrants convicted of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation or exploitation to the highest level of DHS’ civil immigration enforcement priorities.

Impact

Undocumented immigrants in the U.S., their families, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal departments that handle immigration, and the DHS Secretary.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 534

$6.30 Billion
The CBO estimates that revenues would decrease by $18.9 billion over 2016-2025 due to fewer Social Security tax receipts, while spending would decrease by $12.6 billion over that period due to reduced spending on tax credits. This would increase the on-budget deficit by a total of $6.3 billion over the 2016-2025 period, and the off-budget deficit would decrease by $7.6 billion.

More Information

Of Note: There have now been rulings at three levels of the judicial system that President Obama’s executive actions on immigration overstepped his authority.

The first ruling came two days before DHS was going to begin accepting applications from undocumented immigrants through the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. The Texas judge issued a temporary injunction, bringing implementation to halt.

The second ruling came shortly thereafter from D.C., and applied to an executive order allowing DHS to detain undocumented immigrants in order to deter future illegal immigration.

Both of these rulings were challenged by the Obama administration, although the federal judge who blocked the implementation of the DAPA and expanded DACA programs has refused to remove his own injunction.

On appeal, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled against President Obama's expansion of DAPA and DACA, leaving the administration with no recourse but to either appeal to the Supreme Court or attempt to circumvent the injunction.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Jim Gaines/Reuters/Flickr user coolloud

AKA

Immigration Rule of Law Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to prohibit funds from being used to carry out certain Executive actions related to immigration and for other purposes.

    “[With me as President] the executive order gets rescinded.” [mediaite.com]
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    "(Immigrants) have been routinely cheated out of wages, held virtually captive by employers who have seized their documents, forced to live in unspeakably inhumane conditions and denied medical benefits for on-the-job injuries." [twitter.com]
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    "I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just." [whitehouse.gov]
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    “Many of these young people have gone to school here or served in our military, and they should be able to continue living and working here.” [elizabethwarren.com]
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    “We are a melting pot... It is the ultimate source of our strength. It is the source of who we are.” [dailycaller.com]
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    “Congress needs to preserve the power of the purse to fight this overreach by the President.” Read more at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/03/04/exclusive-scott-walker-comes-out-against-boehners-and-mcconnells-deal-with-dems-to-fund-obamas-amnesty/
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    This is purely a political stunt by republicans. Ice is
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    We need immigration reform. What happened to Ellis Island? The 20th century was the most progressive century in human history. We need another Ellis Island. We need immigration reform now.
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    Obama's executive orders on immigration are unConstitutional! He has shown his disdain for the Constitution, for Congress, and indeed for AMERICA practically every day he's been in office! Federal agencies and members of Congress who aid and abet his lawlessness are accessories to Obama's crimes against America, IMO. I'm really angry, because not enough people in Congress and the courts are standing up for the rule of law, the Constitutional system of checks and balances, and for American CITIZENS AND OUR RIGHTS! Obama gives, giives, gives to ILLEGAL ALIENS AND MUSLIM "REFUGEES" and takes, takes, takes from the American people. And he's armed every single federal agency to the teeth, all the while doing everything in his power to create civil unrest! We have A REPUBLIC, IF WE CAN KEEP IT! And I don't think we can keep it without God's help! You tell ME why we've elected so many corrupt officials! Not only at the federal level, but at every level of government! Just subscribe to the FBI emails and SEE how much greed and abuse of power goes on! People, we need to pray for America and work HARD to raise the MORAL STANDARDS in this country! Then maybe we'll get GOOD and WISE people in government! God save America!
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    My patriot friend Loraki has saved me time with his eloquent colloquial. All I can say is Me Too and a rubber stamp.
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    Limiting the powers of the Executive this way is a dangerous precedent making that office unable to function.
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    Stop the war on immigration. We need immigrants. Get over it
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    We're a nation of laws, not of men. The president is only a man and thus is NOT superior to the law
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    Among several other actions by Obama, it's unconstitutional!
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    The executive order was an unconstitutional exercise of legislative power by the President. Period.
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    STOP USING U.S. citizens' money on non-citizens!
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    The Executive cannot be allowed to do whatever he, or she wants because they don't like the law or the decision (s) of Congress and the Constitution/people. This was the message sent in Nov. 2014. Ignoring or ignorance of the will of the people should not save candidates or parties in future elections from severe punishment. The populace is represented by congress so that our desires will become law. This cannot be end run around existing law by the Executive just because they have a different opinion; even if they believe that they are 'saving us from ourselves'. The implication that the executive knows what is best for us despite what we legally ask our representatives to do is not only an insult; but one must seriously question the motives and patriotism of the Executive. The Executive should be prosecuted for this lawless behavior and totally disregarding our Constitution. This should apply to any President not just the current one. Penalties for commission of this degradation of our system should be personal and severe; without regard for who it is. If these safeguards are already in place they need to be enforced; if they're not in place, they should be put in place immediately!
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    “I wouldn’t reverse President Obama’s executive action on immigration. I would wait for Congress to pass a law making changes in his policy.”
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    I believe in a path to citizenship.
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    There are laws on the books concerning immigration. Use them.
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