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Posted by Randy | November 20, 2014

I can sum up President Obama’s executive action on immigration in two words: Staggering. Arrogance.

This is not a dispute between the Administration and Republicans, this is between the Administration and the Constitution of the United States. The House Judiciary Committee is prepared to use every tool at its disposal to fight the President’s planned executive amnesty. I strongly support Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership in this fight.

To learn more, watch my discussion with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business last night, here, or by clicking the image below.


For me, no amnesty means no amnesty. I have long opposed, and will continue to oppose, amnesty of any form. Learn more about my work, here.
Posted by Randy | October 27, 2014
The Administration announced the My E-Verify program to allow individuals to lock their Social Security numbers to prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use. The program is available in five states - Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia - as well as the District of Columbia, and will soon be used throughout the rest of the country.

While this program is an important improvement, there is much left to be done -- not only protect the personal information of American citizens and prevent theft and fraud, but also to verify the eligibility of those working in this country.

That’s why I supported the Legal Workforce Act, H.R.1772, to improve the E-verify system and make it mandatory for all U.S. employers to quickly, accurately, and easily ensure they are hiring workers legally.

For me, no amnesty means no amnesty. Our immigration policy must reflect our core belief that entry into the United States is not a right, but a privilege. The government must ensure the safety and security of our nation’s borders. This cannot be done if we do not identify and monitor the constant flow of illegal immigrants into our country.
Posted by Randy | October 09, 2014
I wanted to share this article with you. The Associated Press is reporting that the Homeland Security Department privately acknowledged roughly 70% of immigrant families who are caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released into the United States with instructions to report back to immigration authorities have failed to report back to federal immigration agents.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is a direct consequence of the Administration’s failure to enforce our current immigration laws, and of prioritizing talks of amnesty over border security. My position remains clear: No amnesty. Period. You can learn more about my work opposing amnesty of any form, here.

Recently, the Department of Defense announced that illegal immigrants who have been granted deferral from deportation and also possess certain skills (like language expertise) will now be eligible to join the military. Do you support allowing select illegal immigrants to enlist in the military? Weigh in on our weekly poll, here.
Posted by Randy | October 03, 2014
Last week, the Department of Defense announced that illegal immigrants who have been granted deferral from deportation and also possess certain skills, like language expertise, will now be eligible to join the military.  In 2012, the Obama Administration first announced plans to grant temporary deferral from deportation to young people brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents, if they met certain criteria.  Since April of this year, over 560,000 individuals have received deferred action from deportation under this program.

This announcement from the Defense Department to enlist illegal immigrants comes at a time when our military faces drastic cuts –  the Army and Marine Corps will lose 100,000 and 33,000 personnel, respectively, while the Air Force plans to cut roughly 17,000 airmen in just the next year, the Navy has already cut 1,800 reservists – reducing our forces to pre-World War II levels.

Congressman Forbes believes the Administration must stop prioritizing amnesty over the security of our borders and over our men and women in uniform.  Read more about Congressman Forbes’ work opposing amnesty here.


Question of the weekDo you support allowing select illegal immigrants to enlist in the military?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | August 05, 2014

Every day that passes, more unaccompanied minors and illegal immigrants are flooding across our southern border. Let me cut to the chase – the crisis on our border is a direct result of prioritizing talks of amnesty over securing our border. The more politicians in Washington entertain the idea of amnesty, the more enticing crossing our border becomes.

It’s time for action. We must:  

1.     End the conversation on amnesty.
2.     Secure the border.
3.     Enforce our current laws. 

You and I both know: Securing our border involves not just the ability to enforce our laws, but the will to enforce our laws.  I believe that this Administration has failed to demonstrate that it will enforce our laws. I will continue to hold their feet to the fire and to be unrelenting in our demand that they enforce the laws of this nation, as the Constitution requires them to do.   

If you’d like to stay up to date on my fight to secure our border and hold the Administration accountable, sign up for my immigration email updates
here.

If you're not up-to-speed, here are some of the specifics of what I'm working on: opposing the release of criminal illegal immigrants, demanding deportation of illegal immigrant gang members, and opposing the Administration’s actions to selectively enforce our laws and defer deportation. I strongly support securing the border as our first priority, and I have opposed the closure of border patrol stations.  I believe we must empower states to protect citizens and combat illegal immigration, and I have supported legislation to verify employment. To stay updated on these bills, sign up here.

Posted by Randy | July 31, 2014
In June, I asked whether you supported the actions taken by the Administration in response to the thousands of youth crossing the border, and 92% of respondents said no.

Since then, children and adults have continued to flood across our southern border.  Now, the President has requested $3.7 billion to address the surge, and the Administration is planning to expand the number of people granted relief from deportation and grant refugee status to people from Honduras before they even come to the United States.

I continue to oppose all forms of amnesty, and I believe that entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

Question of the weekDo you believe that the Administration’s policies have led to the crisis at the border?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | June 24, 2014

Our message to gang members illegally in our country needs to be crystal clear: we want you out.

However, not only has this Administration allowed gang members to enter the country (read the powerful article below), the Administration is also releasing illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes back into our communities.  When I asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson if those released were gang members, he said he didn’t know. 

This has to stop.  That’s why I introduced legislation to deport any illegal alien in our nation who is a member of a violent criminal gang. 

It is a no-brainer -- we shouldn’t have to wait for a gang member to commit a crime, or worse, commit a violent crime, and simply be released.  Membership alone in a violent criminal gang must be grounds for deportation and inadmissibility into this country.  

     

Border agent laments gang members entering U.S.: ‘Why are we letting him in here?’
The Washington Times
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can't turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

“If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? ... I've heard people come in and say, 'You're going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You're going to let me go as well, and the government's going to take care of us,'" Mr. Cabrera told the magazine.

He said that the only way to solve the problem was to implement harsher restrictions on who can be allowed to cross.

"Until we start mandatory detentions, mandatory removals, I don't think anything is going to change. As a matter of fact, I think it's going to get worse," he said, National Review reported.

Other Border Patrol officials said that officers must treat minors with gang-affiliated tattoos the same as anybody else wishing to cross the border.

"It's upsetting that a lot of them are 16 or 17 years old and a lot of them are not going to face deportation," said Art Del Cueto, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson, Ariz, National Review reported.

Mr. Cabrera told the news agency that the Rio Grande Valley location has nine stations. The largest facility is in McAllen, Texas, with a capacity of 275 people. Its agents see between 700 and 1,500 people daily.

Read the article here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/14/border-agents-lament-mexican-gang-members-entering/
Posted by | June 16, 2014

My questions for the Administration: 

  • How much taxpayer money has been spent to feed, house, clothe, and supervise illegal immigrant minors?
  • Reports indicate that the Administration is providing free legal counsel to illegal immigrants – is this true?
  • Reports indicate that in many cases, the Administration is not detaining illegal immigrants, but releasing them and providing them bus tickets and other transportation to destinations of their choice around the country. How much taxpayer money has been spent to provide free transportation to illegal aliens within the borders of our nation?

The first action step in this situation is to hold the primary actor - the Administration - accountable. These are the questions you have been asking. You have a right to know. I am demanding answers, and I will be posting a copy of the Administration's response on my website so that every American might have the opportunity to read and comment.

Read my request to the President, here.

Posted by Randy | June 14, 2014
According to widely circulated news reports, 60,000 youth will cross our nation’s southern border this year, up tenfold from 2011.   According to Reuters, the number of illegal immigrants under the age of 18 entering our country is likely to double in 2015 to nearly 130,000, costing American taxpayers $2 billion.  So far, unaccompanied youth have been housed in shelters in Arizona and military bases in Texas, California, and Oklahoma.

This month, the Department of Justice announced a new program to enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services at taxpayer expense to youth crossing our border unaccompanied by their parents.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security announced a renewal of the Administration’s policy to grant relief from deportation to youth brought into the United States illegally by their parents, if they meet certain criteria.  According to the Department, as of April, over 560,000 individuals have already received such relief.

Opponents, including Congressman Forbes, have criticized the Administration for prioritizing amnesty over the security of our borders and enforcing the law.  Read more about Congressman Forbes’ work opposing amnesty and securing the border here.

 Question of the week:  Do you support the actions taken by the Administration regarding the surge of youth crossing the border?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) Other.


Take the Poll here.

 
Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here
Posted by Randy | June 13, 2014

For me, no amnesty means no amnesty.  Broad amnesty.  Narrow amnesty.  Amnesty for minors.  Military service as a path to amnesty.  It doesn't matter.  Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

Illegal immigrants are pouring across our borders. 60,000 unaccompanied children are expected to enter the country illegally this year alone, according to reports by Reuters, with that number likely doubling to 130,000 next year. Taxpayer dollars are being spent to house, feed, and care for these illegal immigrants. The more politicians in Washington entertain the idea of amnesty, the more enticing crossing our borders becomes.

It’s time for action.  We must:  

1.       End the conversation on amnesty.
2.       Secure the borders.
3.       Enforce our current laws. 

If you're not up-to-speed, here are some of the specifics of what I'm working on: opposing the release of criminal illegal immigrants, demanding deportation of illegal immigrant gang members, and opposing the Administration’s actions to selectively enforce our laws and defer deportation. I strongly support securing the border as our first priority, and I have opposed the closure of border patrol stations.  I believe we must empower states to protect citizens and combat illegal immigration, and I have supported legislation to verify employment.

Weigh in below -- I want you a part of this conversation.
 
You and I both know one truth: Securing our borders involves not just the ability to enforce our laws but the will to enforce our laws.  This Administration lacks that will.  It is up to us to hold their feet to the fire and to be unrelenting in our demand that they enforce the laws of this nation as the Constitution requires them to do.