Rep. Miller: DHS Should Focus on Enforcing Our Immigration Laws, Not Finding Avenues to Circumvent Them

Press Release

Date: Aug. 22, 2011
Location: Harrison Township, MI

U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments expressing further concern with the Administration's announcement that they would start limiting enforcement of federal immigration laws:

"This new deportation policy put forward by the Obama Administration is nothing more than an administrative amnesty; one that ignores our laws and provides a pass to the countless individuals who are in the nation illegally. I believe that this effort to side-step Congress is a clear violation of our separation of powers and ignores the clear Constitutional requirement that the President faithfully execute our nation's laws (Article. II., Section. 3.) Instead of taking every possible action to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws, the Administration would rather spend its time and resources to provide a non-legislative version of amnesty.

"One year ago when a draft Citizenship and Immigration Services memo entitled "Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform', a memo detailing plans for providing a non-legislative version of amnesty was leaked, my colleague Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-9) and I wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to express our serious concern regarding this possibility and sought an explanation. In response, Secretary Napolitano stated that, "DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the Nation's entire illegal immigrant population or large classes of such population.'

"The policy announced by DHS last week and the explanation Secretary Napolitano made in her response one year ago clearly conflict. It once again seems clear that this Administration fully intends to travel down the road of amnesty which has failed in the past to stop the flow of illegal immigration and made our borders less secure. I believe that this action could pose an imminent threat to our efforts to gain operational control of our borders and requires vigorous oversight. The Administration should be put on notice that I intend to call a hearing in the very near future to exercise the appropriate oversight function of Congress and to make certain we are doing everything in our power to enforce the laws and secure our borders."