Congressman Gibbs Votes to Defund the President’s Executive Order

January 14, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gibbs released the following statement in support of H.R. 240, Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act:

“Today, the House voted to defund the President’s unconstitutional executive immigration actions. This Administration has chosen to act unilaterally on immigration, deliberately bypassing Congress in the process. This is a violation of Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution which authorizes Congress to establish a uniform rule of naturalization. The President said 22 times that he would not use executive action to change immigration laws, but on November 20th, 2014 he chose to act without the consent of Congress.  H.R. 240 will defund the President’s executive order that would allow 5 million illegal aliens to stay in the United States without the threat of deportation. This legislation will ensure the illegal immigrants convicted of a crime are met with the highest civil enforcement, place the priority on those immigrants came here legally and protect hardworking Americans from loosing job opportunities to unlawful residents.  Below is a detailed summary of each of the amendments offered to H.R. 240:

  • Amendment #1 would prevent any funds from being used to carry out the executive actions announced by the President to defer action to an estimated four million illegal immigrants.
  • Amendment #2 would ensure that no funds would be used to consider new or renew any, deferred action on childhood arrivals (DACA) applications.
  • Amendment #3 requires the Department of Homeland Security to treat any convicted illegal alien (offenses include domestic violence, sexual abuse, child molestation or child abuse or exploitation) with the Department of Homeland Security’s highest civil immigration enforcement.
  • Amendment #4 expresses the Sense of Congress that the Administration should pursue policies that encourage businesses to hire U.S. Citizens rather than illegal aliens. Under the President’s executive amnesty plan, many businesses now have a $3,000 incentive to hire illegal immigrants over a legal worker.
    • Under Obamacare, many businesses face at $3,000-per-employee penalty if they do not provide health care to their workers. Illegal immigrants are exempt from Obamacare; therefore it is more cost effective for businesses to hire illegal immigrants.
  • Amendment #5 expresses the Sense of Congress that the Administration should not place illegal immigrants ahead of those who worked within the legal framework to come to the United States.

“This bill provides $10.7 billion for increased border protection and prioritizes frontline security by funding the largest U.S. Customs and Border Protection operational force in history, including over 21,000 boots on the ground.  H.R. 240 saves taxpayers money by reducing overhead costs and eliminating funds for lower priority programs. I am confident that this bill puts us on the right path regarding immigration reform and border security.”