Skip to comments.Trey Gowdy: The States Should Bypass Obama and Enforce Immigration Law… Here’s How
Posted on 07/17/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT by PoloSec
The border crisis is in full swing, leaving communities in Texas, California, Arizona, and around the country scrambling to find ways stop the federal government from dropping of illegals in their area.
Thousands of minors are continuing to pour into the country, packing shelters like sardines and draining local economies, forcing many angry citizens to step up and protest the governments plan to dump the immigrants without any form of support.
A big part of the presidents job description is the enforcement of laws created by Congress. Unfortunately, Obama sees a political advantage in granting amnesty to illegals, so he refuses to carry out his duty.
Since Barack Obama refuses to do his job, its up to the states to bypass the president and enforce immigration laws to put a stop to the madness at the border.
Rep. Trey Gowdy has proposed legislation that recently passed the House Judiciary Committee which lays out a detailed plan for taking this course of action.
via Trey Gowdys official website:
Today the House Judiciary Committee approved the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act, the SAFE Act, introduced by Immigration Subcommittee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC). The SAFE Act improves interior enforcement of our nations immigration laws. Congressman Gowdy released this statement after the Committee voted 20-15 to approve the SAFE Act:
Ensuring public safety and protecting national security must be the primary objective of immigration reform. Our history of selective enforcement of immigration laws has made our nation vulnerable, threating the wellbeing of every citizen.
The SAFE Act represents a common sense approach to the enforcement of our nations laws. Utilizing the law enforcement infrastructure existing in every state and community across this country to support enforcement efforts increases accountability and effectiveness, while using resources wisely.
America is a nation of laws and a democracy comprised of a people who have a deep and abiding respect for the rule of law. The open process is long and tedious but absolutely necessary for all perspectives to be heard. The passage of the SAFE Act by the House Judiciary Committee is the first step in a larger reform process.
Key Components of the SAFE Act:
· Grants States and Localities the Authority to Enforce Immigration Laws: The bill grants states and localities specific congressional authorization to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law and includes provisions to facilitate their assistance. It also allows states and localities to enact and enforce their own immigration laws as long as they are consistent with federal law. In addition, the bill withholds specific grants from sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration enforcement efforts.
· Strengthens National Security: The bill makes it more difficult for foreign terrorists and other foreign nationals who pose national security concerns to enter and remain in the United States. Of note, the bill bars foreign terrorists or removable immigrants who threaten national security from receiving immigration benefits, such as naturalization and discretionary relief from removal, among other things. The bill also requires that no immigration benefits can be provided to immigrants until all required background and security checks are completed.
· Protects American Communities from Dangerous Criminal Aliens: The bill protects the American public by facilitating and expediting the removal of criminal aliens. In the instance a dangerous criminal immigrant cannot be removed from the U.S., the bill allows the Department of Homeland Security to detain them.
· Improves Visa Security: The bill improves our nations first line of defense, the visa issuance process. The bill expands the Visa Security Program to additional high risk posts, strengthens the integrity of the student visa program, and authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and State Department to revoke visas to foreign nationals if in the security or foreign policy interests of the U.S., among other provisions.
· Helps ICE Officers Better Do Their Jobs: The bill assists U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in carrying out their jobs of enforcing federal immigration laws by allowing them to make arrests for immigration violations, federal felonies, federal criminal offenses for bringing in and harboring unlawful immigrants, and offenses against the U.S. The bill also allows them to carry firearms and provides them body armor.
· Strengthens Border Security: The bill prohibits the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from preventing Border Patrol agents access to federal lands within 100 miles of the border. This will better enable Border Patrol agents to secure our border and prevent illegal activity, such as illegal immigration, smuggling, and drug trafficking. It also prohibits the interference of Border Patrol activities, such as construction and maintenance of roads and barriers, use of patrol vehicles, and deployment of tactical infrastructure.
· Reviews Administrations Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion: The bill requires a report to Congress each year on the abuse of prosecutorial discretion by the Administration.
Awesome. The federal government has made it clear theyre hoping to pass amnesty using this crisis as an excuse to let the president use an executive order. Since Obama is abusing his power, its time for the people to strip him of it through bypassing him and enforcing the law.
If something isnt done to stop the immigration crisis now, it will continue to spread, exposing millions of Americans to a number of dangers both physically and economically.
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Great idea, but the dems would do whatever judge shopping was necessary to get it struck down.
This is pure theatrics. I won’t pass the Senate (maybe Reid will not even put it up to a vote) and in any event a certain presidential veto. So what’s the point about all this? Unless Congress acts, illegals are entitled to free k-12 education. What does the Bill do to this? Driver’s licenses for illegals? The Bill does not address any of this.
Can you imagine what it would be like if they were successful in infringing on our right to bear arms? Totally at the mercy of our political ‘masters’.
DHS, and ICE are Federal lackies...They will not do their jobs regardless of the provisions (in this legislative Act) that allow the states to step in and “help” those Federal agencies to do theirs...
So we are back to square one...
It seems to me local civilian activists opposing this “redistribution” of illegals into the country for “processing” is picking up steam...
The more the Feds try to keep it quiet, the more local law enforcement agencies are tipping off locals to the plan...
Just remember, the narratives that pass for news these days is already been supplanted on this particular issue by the airliner that was just shot down over the Ukraine...
“How many divisions will that judge have?”
Why would you think they would succeed in that capacity???
I like Mark Levin’s advice to the border state governors.
1. Say “I have a pen and a phone” and send the state police and the National Guard to the border and start arresting illegal aliens as they come across.
2. When the 0bama administration says that is illegal say “So sue me!”
Its up to the local communities to solve problems dumped in their back yards by the feds.
If there is now an Obama Kamp in your city; local officials and local LEO’s need to cut power and services to that illegal kamp, load all illegals on school buses and promplty deliver them to any local federal facility such as an army base.
They do not need to strike it down...The implementation of the provisions in this act alone make it a cinch for the responsible agencies to just NOT implement any corrective measures to alleviate the strain this recent influx of criminals are putting on our system, our rule of law...
It is a democrats, and Fabian Socialists wet dream...
The only thing, again, is our civilian activism putting as much opposition to this plan as possible across the entire country...
If we let up, the game is over...
I love the term “Obama Kamp”, that would make for a great protest sign...
As far as taking the illegals and dumping them onto a military base...Wouldn’t that be kinda harsh on the troops??? I don’t think it is their fault for this to be dropped in their lap...Right???
So the House should just sit on their hands and do nothing? This is what Obama on the campaign trail is saying they are doing. They don't have any solutions. Start passing bills out of the House and make Reid be the obstruction. Make the Democrats be the do nothing party.
As far as taking the illegals and dumping them onto a military base...Wouldnt that be kinda harsh on the troops??? I dont think it is their fault for this to be dropped in their lap...Right???
These “refugees” are little better than foreign enemies. Sent here to destroy America.
Who better to deal with them than our armed forces?
Or turn it into an Amnesty bill in Conference Committee.
It's Gowdy, doing the job he was elected to do:
Propose a good, effective, Constitutional measure.
At minimum, it's a great weapon to use on Democratic candidates THIS FALL who oppose it. This Obamigration thing is absolutely killing them in the polls now.
Even if it doesn't pass, it gives the States more cultural momentum to do just as Levin says and enforce the borders themselves, with or without the measure. It gives us a head-start on sending all those Guatemalan gangsters home.
It reminds the American people in a tangible way what their real rights are, how their government is supposed to work, and what "normal" means.
This is leadership. You don't get victory in one battle. But, Congress or not, States could start doing this next week.
Perhaps governors of the border states that are so inclined can simply take their OWN executive actions and reinterpret whatever laws are necessary to allow them to arrest, detain and deport those who enter illegally.
"Grants States and Localities the Authority to Enforce Immigration Laws: ..."
Patriots may admire Rep. Gowdy as a John Wayne-type cowboy, but the absurd language above from the proposed SAFE Act begs the question if Gowdy was present when HoR RINOs read the Constitution out loud at the beginnings of the 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions.
As mentioned in related threads concerning so-called federal government power to regulation, please consider the following. Politically correct interpretations of the Constitution's "uniform Rule of Naturalization" Clause aside, Clause 4 of Section 8 of Article I, the states have never delegated to Congress, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate immigration, immigration a 10th Amendment-protected state power. Unique state power to regulate immigration is evdenced by the following excerpt from Thomas Jefferson's writings.
4. _Resolved_, That alien friends are under the jurisdiction and protection of the laws of the State wherein they are: that no power over them has been delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the individual States, distinct from their power over citizens. And it being true as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people, the act of the Congress of the United States, passed on the day of July, 1798, intituled An Act concerning aliens, which assumes powers over alien friends, not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void, and of no force [emphasis added]. Thomas Jefferson, Draft of the Kentucky Resolutions - October 1798.
Rep. Gowdy evidently doesn't understand the federal government's constitutionally limited power well enough to know that the burden is on Congress to petition the states for an amendment to the Constitution which would delegate to Congress the specific power regulate immigration if the states chose to ratify it.
As a side note concerning the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, please consider the following. The states would sure be a dull, boring place to grow up and live in if parents were to make sure that their children were taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers as the Founding States had intended for those powers to be understood. /sarc
Thomas Jefferson had put it this way:
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature. - Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787)
Thanks for posting this. Trey Gowdy is getting more and more of my respect and admiration. This is the first viable solution that I have coming from anyone in DC.