Despite last week’s landslide election with an overwhelming mandate for change and a disavowal of his policies, President Barack Obama is forging ahead with a plan to use executive action to legalize millions of illegal immigrants.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama writes in Politico
that Congress cannot allow Obama to "void the election results — and our laws— by moving forward with his executive amnesty decree."
"The President will arrogate to himself the sole and absolute power to decide who can work in the U.S., who can live in the U.S., and who can claim benefits in the U.S. — by the millions," Sessions writes.
"His actions will wipe out the immigration protections to which every single American citizen is lawfully entitled. And his actions will ensure—as law enforcement officers have cried out in repeated warnings—a 'tidal wave' of new illegal immigration."
Such a monumental change to American law would have a "crushing impact on the jobs, wages, schools, hospitals, police departments, and communities of our constituents" and "the consequences will be swift, profound, and catastrophic."
While the power of the chief executive’s office may allow Obama to use his pen to change the law, the Congress has the power of the purse and can make any new law exceedingly difficult to execute, Sessions said.
"The President cannot spend a dime unless Congress appropriates it," he writes, pointing out that in order to implement a new immigration law, there would need to be a colossal redirection of funding and personnel "away from its statutorily mandated enforcement duties and towards processing applications, amnesty benefits, and employment authorizations for illegal immigrants and illegal overstays."
"It is a massive and expensive operation," said Sessions.
Just as Congress did to prevent the president from closing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it can include routine language on any government funding bill prohibiting the expenditure of funds for this unlawful purpose, according to Sessions.
Applying this congressional power is "ordinary, unexceptional, and used thousands of times," he writes.
Despite the knowledge that voters overwhelmingly repudiated the president’s policies, current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, is purportedly forging ahead with a "long-term lame-duck spending bill that contains no such prohibition."
Doing so would be "unthinkable," according to Sessions.
"We cannot surrender Congress’ most powerful Constitutional tool before a single newly elected Republican is sworn-in," Session writes. "Acting in this manner would betray the very voters who gave us this majority before we’re even in possession of it."
Congress, as the electorate’s voice, must stop the president from following through on this threat.
"In a battle between Congress and the President — over whether to save our citizens' jobs, laws, and borders, or whether to eliminate them — there is no doubt the public will be firmly on our side," he writes.
"We cannot yield to open borders. We cannot let one executive edict erase the immigration laws of an entire nation. If we believe America is a sovereign country, with enforceable boundaries, and a duty to protect its own people, then we have no choice but to fight and to win."
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