First things . . . Richard Falknor on 28 Jul 2014 04:07 pm
UPDATE AFTER PRESS TIME! “Sessions Calls On All Colleagues To Block President’s Planned Amnesty & Work Permits” YouTube today here.
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Immigration Crisis — Energizing The House GOP: This Week Our Voices Must Count!
“Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warned his colleagues in Congress that Americans will vote them out of office in November if they do not act this week to thwart President Barack Obama’s plans to grant work permits and amnesty to up to eight million more Americans via executive fiat.
‘In November, some people are going to be wondering how their political heads were severed from their shoulders if they don’t listen to what the American people are saying,’ [senator Jeff] Sessions declared on Breitbart News Sunday.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) —Tony Lee
This courageous senior Republican senator is certainly right about the electoral consequences to politicians who fail to act now to stop the president’s current and planned executive actions on immigration.
Conservatives should also weigh, moreover, the freedom consequences to their own families if they fail to persuade the House GOP members (here or here) they may know to stand fast against the president’s executive actions on immigration.
What would be the larger result of failing to stop the president’s executive actions?
Living in a society where the rule of law has suffered a near mortal blow — and not just on immigration matters.
As Andrew McCarthy has declared —
“Our Washington ruling class does not see itself as bound by our quaint Constitution. When a Republican eventually wins the White House, expect the same rule by decree.”
Explained senator Jeff Sessions yesterday–
“[A]ny border bill that passes the Senate or the House ‘should have in it language that bars any president from expending any money to carry out’ amnesty proposals. Sessions noted that Congress has repeatedly rejected amnesty legislation, and that is why Obama has ‘no power’ to enact executive amnesty that is ‘breathtaking in its overreach.’
Calling for a ‘public refutation’ of Obama’s proposed actions, Sessions said the American people, when ‘on alert and when they speak out,’ can stop Obama from enacting unilateral actions that would be ‘plainly and utterly unlawful and unconstitutional were he to do so.’
Sessions said if ‘Obama eviscerates plain law’ by enacting more executive actions, the next president can say that, declare that even more people can come to the country illegally.
‘This goes to the very core of law,’ Sessions said. ‘And if we allow that to occur and if the president does such a thing, there is no moral authority to enforce any law in the future and all of our laws will be weakened.'” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Last Friday, the Alabama senator spelled out the larger context–
“’The American people have begged and pleaded for years for our laws to be enforced,’ Sessions said in his statement. ‘We have people in our own country living in violence, fear and poverty every single day. They have demanded an immigration policy that puts their jobs, wages and communities first. Every citizen should pick up the phone and ask of their congressional representative: where do you stand?’
Sessions said that it would be wrong for any member of the House or Senate to support any border crisis bill that doesn’t end DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and block the president from expanding it.
‘No Member—House or Senate, Democrat of Republican—should support any bill with respect to the border crisis that does not include language explicitly prohibiting the Administration from taking such action,’ Sessions said. ‘Congress must foreclose any possibility of these unlawful executive actions before congressional funding is granted. This is an essential precondition.'” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Recall that the House of Representatives has two sovereign remedies to cope with runaway administrations: the power of the purse and thus of withholding appropriations for specific activities as Angelo Codevilla explains here; and the impeachment power, which, as Andrew McCarthy points out here, might first be exercised on subordinate executive branch officials, even if there is not (yet) sufficient support for impeaching the chief executive.
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As every state is now likely to become a border state, readers may wish to visit the following presentation here on the invasion of our bleeding and neglected southern border with Mexico: Border Patrol veteran Zack Taylor’s in-great-depth briefing on the criminal (and worse) penetration of our border with Mexico. Taylor asks how the interaction of money and power prevents the securing of this area so crucial to our security and our sovereignty.